Great clean-up

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THE Year 5 and 6 stu­dents of Port Dou­glas State School got down and dirty all in the name caring for the en­vi­ron­ment re­cently.

Ali­son Kerr-his­lop from the Ti­na­roo En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of cor­rectly dis­pos­ing of waste.

She pro­vided stu­dents with a num­ber of strate­gies to help im­ple­ment an en­vi­ron­men­tally sound sys­tem of waste dis­posal at Port Dou­glas State School.

The stu­dents also ex­plored crea­tures at a mi­cro­scopic level that help with de­com­pos­ing or­ganic mat­ter in com­post.

While at Four Mile Beach, the stu­dents were led by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Great Bar­rier Reef Ma­rine Park Au­thor­ity and Tan­garoa Blue.

Phil Lay­cock and Heidi Tay­lor guided the stu­dents on a rub­bish col­lect­ing ex­pe­di­tion along the beach and through the ad­join­ing park­land.

All the while the stu­dents col­lected data on the types of rub­bish col­lected.

A to­tal of 40kg and 1101 items of waste were col­lected.

This data was then up­loaded to a na­tional data­base.

It is now up to the stu­dents to lead their fel­low peers on man­ag­ing waste re­spon­si­bly at school, at home and in our en­vi­ron­ment.

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