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.