Kids set out to help keep Ningaloo beautiful
■ A group of Exmouth school children are collecting plastic from their community and sending it to be recycled.
The Exmouth District High School Year 3 class were inspired to begin their collections after their teacher Lucas Plummer set them the task of writing persuasive texts about the town’s need for recycling.
Ella Seeley, 8, and Elise Manning, 9, took the project to heart and began collecting soft plastics for postage to Melbourne-based recycling organisation Red Group.
Ella made a poster promoting recycling to her class and in no time at all the girls had their entire class involved in collecting soft plastic rubbish and sourcing funding to cover postage costs.
The class collected rubbish dropped around Exmouth and were soon also collecting soft plastic rubbish in their homes and inspiring their families to do the same.
Mr Plummer said because the students live close to Ningaloo Reef they talked about how special their surroundings were.
“They see the power in setting the good example and being the ones who start the process,” he said.
Ella said plastic in the ocean gathered into enormous piles.
“There are six big piles of rubbish in the ocean and I felt scared that Ningaloo Reef could get ruined,” she said.
Zac Lay, 8, said everyone in the class wrote to Exmouth’s Mrs Mac’s op-shop requesting funding to pay for the postage involved in the recycling.
He said his thank you letter was one of several sent to Mrs Mac’s after they donated $360 to cover a year’s worth of postage. Cape Conservation Group secretary Jack Hine said it was heartening to see the next generation engaging in recycling.
“This is something we will see future generations doing as part of everyday life,” she said.
Year 3 at Exmouth District High School are all for recycling with Zac Lay, Ella Seeley and Elise Manning holding packs of plastic ready for posting.