Merici College Green Tip #15 - From the Pope...Care of our Common Home

How inseparable is the bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace” 

(Pope Francis ‘Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home’ 2015 para 10)

Through his encyclical, Laudato Sí , Pope Francis provides advice on how to address these world problems. 

Merici College Green Tip #14 - World Bee Day

This Friday, May 20th, is World Bee Day.

World Bee Day is held in recognition of the role bees play in sustaining food security, biodiversity, ecosystems health... and ultimately humans and many other species. 

At Merici we will be holding a lunchtime stall on Friday 20 May offering honey joys for $1 and beeswax lip balm for $3 made by students.

Proceeds will be donated to Wheen Bee Foundation, towards the Rita Fund for Australian Native Bees.

Merici College Green Tip #12 - What to do with used paper towel

Used paper towel is often found in the yellow recycling bins at Merici.

Paper towels are not recyclable and cannot be disposed of alongside your other paper and cardboard recyclables.

Although paper towels are typically made using wood or cardboard, the process that gets them kitchen-ready makes them non-recyclable

Plus, they can also be contaminated with toxic or non-organic products.

Unbleached paper towels can go in the compost.

Others must sadly go to landfill. 

Merici College Green Tip #11 - Want to reduce your indoor air pollution

Get a plant!

Australians spend around 90% of their time indoors.

Studies show that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air.

Indoor plants are an easy and attractive way to purify the air in your home and workplace.

Keep them away from your pets though!

More information:

Why grow indoor plants? | Sustainable Gardening Australia (


Merici College Green Tip #9 - What goes in the yellow recycling bin?

At school, home and work in the ACT look for yellow bins. Into these bins, please put only glass jars and bottles, plastic containers, cans, paper and cardboard.

Nothing else and definitely no food or soft plastics.

Thanks for doing your part to reduce waste to landfill. 


Felicity Maher
Sustainability Officer

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