Friday 4th May saw students from grades 5, 6 and 7 join in Waste Day Activities at the Port Douglas State School. Organised by Earth Smart Science, Reef Guardian Schools, Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Science Spark students learned ways of minimising and managing waste at home, school and in the environment over a fun day of activities both at their school and down at local 4 Mile Beach.
During the day groups of students covered 900m of 4 Mile Beach and Park removing more than 1100 pieces of debris weighing 40kg. The most common items found were 260 bits of hard broken plastic, 128 plastic film remnants, 122 cigarette butts, 62 pieces of broken glass and 59 glass beer bottles.
A couple of heavy items found included a paver, metal pole and chain, metal sign and pieces of processed timber!
Students collected data as they removed the debris, adding to the ongoing information being collected about what and how much debris is impacting 4 Mile Beach through the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
A big thank you to all the students and teachers involved in the day – a great effort!