James Gatland (the Trash Man) gearing up for his Northern NSW school tour
James Gatland (the Trash Man) gearing up for his Northern NSW school tour

Lennox game designer ‘Taking out the Trash’ with new series

KIDS can learn how to become more environmentally-conscious in a new card game series called Taking out the Trash.

The series was created by children’s educational game company Green Games, based in Lennox Head.

The game’s tagline, Good CLEAN fun, teaches how to best dispose of waste through play.

It is suited to children aged five and up and can be used as a simple colour-matching or item-sorting exercise.

Each pack also includes Action cards that add an element of strategy, so teens and young adults can play too.

It’s also suitable for use in the classroom.

A key game feature is a focus on the three-bin system being rolled out across the country for landfill, recycling and organic matter.

Green Games director James Gatland said the idea of ecological card games came to him during a year-long sabbatical.

“In the village where we stayed in Cambodia, no council recycling service was available,” he said.

“With the recent introduction of processed foods the residents had no idea what to do with the resulting packaging.

“Containers were burned, buried or simply discarded on the side of the road. There was literally nowhere else to put them.”

While all this influenced Mr Gatland, it was one kayaking trip that inspired the whole project.

“While kayaking through what initially appeared to be a pristine mangrove forest, we came across two children in the water laughing as they tore apart the remains of a floating polystyrene box,” he said.

“They had no idea where all of that would end up.”

Mr Gatland said education was key to preventing such things from happening.

The first game in the Taking out the Trash series will be released later this month.



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