Parents and teachers joined Grade 1 and 2 students from Yallingup Steiner School, Western Australia to help clean up their coast for this year’s Cape to Cape Beach Clean Up. 26 pairs of hands collected over 672 individual pieces of marine debris, weighing approximately 14kg from Yallingup Beach in just two hours.
Students scoured the beach collecting more than 239 small pieces of plastic, which cause a threat to both marine life and seabirds through ingestion; 11 plastic bags, 14 glass drink bottles, 24 lids and 59 cigarette butts in their haul in the two hour clean up!
Before the clean up, students participated in a marine debris presentation run by Heidi Taylor from Tangaroa Blue Ocean Care Society and Tracey Muir from the Cape to Cape Catchments Group, which explained to students the impacts that plastics and rubbish have on our local marine life and seabirds and the importance of keeping our oceans clean.
After the clean up students enjoyed a picnic lunch in the park, overlooking a now very clean Yallingup Beach! Well done to all involved, we look forward to receiving more reports from the school on their environmental projects.
Special thanks to Tania Sena, teacher at Yallingup Steiner School for organising the clean up and to Busselton Shire Councillor Don Hanran-Smith who came and helped out the students with their clean up!