Plastic cling wrap is a fantastic invention!

Written by 5/6D

You might think that plastic cling wrap is a fantastic invention however it often a hazard.

Plastic cling wrap can end up in a drain and all drains eventually lead to a waterway. Once the plastic wrap enters the water it can cause havoc. Fish could swallow it and die, the macroinvertebrates could get wrapped up in it and suffocate. Even a fisherman could get his line tangled because of cling wrap.

However some families think plastic wrap is the best thing for wrapping sandwiches, keeping them fresh and preventing them from tasting toasty!

Plastic wrap can be a menace and it certainly is not a fantastic invention for the environment!


Rubbish Free Lunch

Rubbish free should be on Mondays and Fridays as well as Wednesdays because this means we have less rubbish in the school and more chances of people having more rubbish free lunches. That would mean less rubbish to the landfill, less water pollution with rubbish going down the drains and less wildlife die because of the litter in the water.

Being rubbish free is a good idea!


Should we pay for plastic bags?

I don’t even think we should have plastic bags at all!

Planet Ark have written some very good reasons not to even have plastic bags!

The plastic check-out bags we throw away, litter our beaches, rivers streets and our playgrounds. They get into our national parks and waterways where they trap and choke our wildlife. We use them for minutes, but they can cause havoc in our environment for hundreds of years. Plastic bags are unnecessary when there are so many alternatives available to carry our shopping. By banning plastic check-out bags, we can save energy and resources that can be put to better use by future generations.

South Australia is the first state to ban the use of plastic check out bags in shops. I wonder when the other states will do this too?


Australians still use 4 billion checkout bags a year – that’s 10 million a day!



Last week we entered the Victorian Rubbish Free Challenge Competition. We had to enter the data. Our Rubbish Free Wednesday results for Mildura West were: 251 people with rubbish free lunches; a huge improvement as we had 223 last week.

Two classes did not have any rubbish at all in their red bin. Congratulations 3/4A and 1/2C.

We had 320g of soft plastic in our bins from lunch.

This week we have calculated the class data using percentages again. We collect the number of people that are rubbish free and the total number of people in the class for that day.

In 4th place with 77%: 5/6E.

In 3rd place with 79%: 1/2B.

Equal second with a great score of 80% goes to 3/4A and 5/6A

Our winners with 100%: 1/2C. Everyone had a rubbish free lunch and no rubbish in their red bin. A fabulous effort!


We are still looking at cheaper ways for families to buy reusable containers. Do you have any suggestions?





2009 Trophy Designs for the Rubbish Free Lunch

Sherryn has a front and back view of a trophy design. The front symbolises what we should have for rubbish free and the back what we should not do to be rubbish free.

Sherryn has a front and back view of a trophy design. The front symbolises what we should have for rubbish free and the back what we should not do to be rubbish free.

Thank you 5/6B and Ms. Murray for all of your efforts to collect, collate and analyse data to make our Rubbish Free Wednesdays a success. The best part about the rubbish free idea is that there are many kids that have rubbish free lunches every day.

We have many technology designs for the new trophy for 2009. Some of them are below with some fabulous ideas. The symbolism is very thougthful and if we could make all the designs that would be great fun. The use of recycled materials has also been very thoughtful.

Courtney’s trophy features a blue lunch box symbolising all the water we save when we use reusable lunch boxes instead of soft plastic. The red bin upsidedown symbolises ‘No rubbish.” The green lunch boxes show that we need to care for the environment by bringing a RFL. The green, blue and yellow shirt highlights that we can help planet Earth by having a RFL.

The grey and black striped shorts symbolise that there will be no truck fumes going into the air to pollute it and the clear white lunch boxes show the air is clear because there are no truck fumes polluting it.

Courtney's design is full of symbolism.

Courtney's design is full of symbolism.

Shenae and Brea had 5 options to encourage everyone to be rubbish free.

James S and James Mc like the idea of a constant reminder so they have chip packets on the front so that the name of the winning class can be pasted over the top of the chip packet to show they are bad for the environment. The lolly wrappers at the bottom of the trophy symbolise that they are bad and the plan is to stick red tape in the form of a cross over them.

James S and James Mc like the idea of a constant reminder so they have chip packets on the front so that the name of the winning class can be pasted over the top of the chip packet to show they are bad for the environment. The lolly wrappers at the bottom of the trophy symbolise that they are bad and the plan is to stick red tape in the form of a cross over them.


To get started to be rubbish free.

Rubbish Free LunchWe help the environment by rubbish free lunches. Some people still don’t bring in rubbish free lunch so we came up with the idea of a trophy. That got a lot of people going but after a while the same grade was winning all the time. So some people just stopped because it was the same people that kept winning.

So I started single awards for people who consistently bring in rubbish free lunches. It got lots of people going again and now we are more rubbish free then ever . A class runs the rubbish free lunch and they go to each class and collect the amount of rubbish free lunches and the amount of rubbish in the bin. Two grades are in one class at lunch time and we can’t see how much rubbish is what grade. We came up with the solution of splitting the amount of rubbish in half.

Every now and then some people go up at the morning assembly and talk about what rubbish goes in what bin out of Red – rubbish bin, Green – recycling bin or the Yellow – food scraps bin.

Promoting Rubbish free is a great thing for the environmentinflatable rodeo Mechanical bull!


To Be or not To Be Rubbish Free!

 To be rubbish free,

Isn’t much at all,

But if you want your class to win,

Then you’d better get on the ball.


Sometimes it is hard,

To get everyone to co-operate,

But if we work together,

The environment will be saved.


But what happens if,

This dream doesn’t come true?

Then all of this will end in a,



But all you have to do,

To make this not happen,

Is to be rubbish free on a Wednesday,

And we will all end by clappin’!





A team of five Year 5 students representing Mildura West flew to Melbourne to attend the Rubbish Free Challenge Award Ceremony. It was still dark when we left. The flight attendant offered us water and either biscuits or pretzels. The flight went really well and was quite smooth when we landed. We arrived in Melbourne just under an hour of our departure time.


Ms Murray called a maxi taxi and had instant results. On our way to the Melbourne Zoo where the Ceremony was being held, we saw heaps of billboards advertising many different things, cars, trucks and buses everywhere on the freeway.


We were attending the Ceremony because we have tried hard to make a difference by reducing our rubbish in our lunch boxes. There are many students that have a rubbish free lunch and snack every day, me included! Our class has been collecting data for 6 months to help our school improve. We put an entry in the Hero Category because our school has been involved in this program for 11 years. Every year we try to improve our results. This year we have worked on reducing soft plastic in our lunch boxes because that has to go to landfill.

The program at the Ceremony was great. We watched Vox Bandicoot perform a short act then the The Minister of Education and the CEO of Sustainability Victoria presented the awards. Our award was one of the last presented. We were Joint Winners of the Hero Award. We have a large award in a glass picture frame. It was so big Mr. Peter Crisp had to drive to Mildura in his car. We won this award for all the effort the students and teachers put into helping us understand why we need to look after our resources for the future generations.

We were very grateful to be given lunch as we were starving. When the line was short we went and served ourselves too: sushi, mini pies, chicken satay and mini salad bowls. Then we went and sat down to eat with Joanne from Keep Australia Beautiful. She was very excited to meet us.


When we arrived at the Zoo it wasn’t even open! When it opened we got a map and decided to go and see the elephants get washed and fed. After lunch some zoo keepers brought in animals from around the zoo. The first was a blue tongue lizard, then an owl which did its business on the carpet! Then we were shown a koala.

We were very lucky to see the animals so close. After that out came our trusty Zoo maps again and we headed around the zoo again. My favourites were: the butterfly house, the snow leopards, the cheetahs, the penguins and the red pandas. It was an amazing day seeing so many different things.

Then we went gift shopping, it took ages for me to decide what I wanted to get. In the end I brought a small cube with two penguins standing on ice blocks. They never fell off.


Then disaster struck! Ms Murray called a maxi taxi but the company sent a normal taxi by mistake. The right sized taxi took ages to arrive! Ms Murray thought we were going to miss our flight. But we didn’t. We finally arrived safely at the Melbourne Airport. We bought some food and as we were late to the departure gate we had to eat and run.

The flight home was really good. When we landed it was dark, just like it was when we left.

Thanks to our sponsors, Rubbish Free Challenge for regional schools, paying for the majority of our flights.
It was a day I will never forget.



rainforest-lore.JPG copy-of-040-resized.JPG copy-of-051.JPG copy-of-copy-of-123-email-large.JPG

On Thursday, October 16, James, Maddie, Sarah, Courtney, Ms Murray and I went to Melbourne to collect the Hero Award for the Rubbish Free Lunch Challenge for our school. At 6:10 in the morning we flew down to Melbourne. I liked looking out the window on the plane. We arrived at the Melbourne Airport, had some breakfast and caught a taxi to the Melbourne Zoo, where the Ceremony was being held. When the Zoo opened we went in and started looking at all the animals. After a short time we went to Carousel Park to wait for the Ceremony to start. A lot of schools were called up to accept their awards and their cheques, including us. We won a giant, cool award and a $2000 cheque because our school has been involved in the Rubbish Challenge for more than 10 years and every year we try some different ideas to try to be rubbish free. Our whole school, from Prep to 6 try to have rubbish free lunches and snacks.commercial jumping castles for sale

After the Ceremony we ate lunch and went to see some more animals. We met Peter Crisp our local Member of Parliament who attended the Ceremony and also the Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike. I liked the Reptile Room at the Zoo the best. Later we all bought some souvenirs. After another taxi ride back to the Airport, we had tea and boarded the plane home. I was exhausted but I had a really great time. Thank you to Ms Murray for taking us and our sponsors for making it possible for us to travel.



How do we know about rubbish free lunches?
? People at assembly remind us.
? Our teachers remind us.
? Our parents remind us.
? There are posters around the school.
? There are notes in the newsletter.
? There are announcements on the speakers.
? The trophy in our room reminds us.
? We remember ourselves.
? We talk about how to be rubbish free.
? We talk about why we want to be rubbish free.

Why we want to be rubbish free…
? We want our school to be healthy.
? We can keep our school clean and tidy for everybody.
? We can save the environment.
? If we keep filling up the landfill we won’t have very much room to build any buildings or playgrounds.
? We can win prizes.
? We know it’s the right thing to do.

Who needs to be rubbish free?
? Children at school.
? Grown-up’s at work.
? Families having a picnic.
? People at parties.
? People who work at the shops.

What do we do about being rubbish free?
? We have a lunch box with different parts for each food.
? We don’t bring rubbish to school.
? We don’t wrap our sandwiches in Gladwrap.
? We don’t put food in plastic zip up bags.
? We cut up our fruit.
? We don’t have chips in packets.



Do you think it would be possible for Mildura to be plastic bag free? Be prepared to justify your answer.

I am hoping many people will write a post to explain how we could go about starting a process that eventually would lead to ‘Mildura – a Plastic Bag Free City.’ You will need to consider who we should contact to start the ‘ball rolling.’

I am looking forward to lots of ideas.


Rubbish Free Wednesdays at West!!

Rubbish Free Wednesdays!  

At Mildura West we’ve made some plans

To have less paper, plastic and cans,

Every Wednesday we try our best

To give the environment a rest!

So we pack our lunches rubbish free

Every little bit helps to save a tree.

In the future we would like to breathe clean air

This is our way of showing we care.

So come on people join the fun

There’s lots of things that need to be done.

We all need to eliminate the rubbish

We don’t want Australia to be ‘grubbish!’


Think about the future!

We have a Rubbish Free lunch every Wednesday because one day there will not be enough resources to make the things we normally use every day. We have a chance to change how we live and make the planet more rubbish free. So its your chance to start to change by having a rubbish free lunch. There are a lot of people that have a rubbish free lunch every day at our school.

REUSE: Reuse recyclable things like zip lock bags and plastic containers. Buy containers that you can reuse every day.

REDUCE: Reduce the amount of packaging that we use.

RECYCLE: Recycle fruit boxes, cardboard boxes, newspapers and paper.

RETHINK: Rethink about what bins you can use to reduce waste and buy less packaging so you don’t have any rubbish going to the landfill.


Keep Australia Clean and be Rubbish Free!


We have a Rubbish Free Lunch every Wednesday because it will be better for the environment and it will make our school look better every day then everyone will think we have a beautiful school.

REUSE: You can reuse some things that you mightn’t need any more for other reasons. It is like recycling.
REDUCE: You can reduce all of your food scraps and save them from going to the landfill by having a compost bin or a worm farm.
RECYCLE: It means that you can use things like cardboard, paper and cans again and when they are recycled they can be made into new products.
RETHINK: Think about where you put your rubbish and where you take it.
Do you need to have so much rubbish in the first place?


Rubbish Free and the 4 R’s.

Reduce: We have to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to the landfill

Reuse: We need to reuse everything that we can; for example cardboard boxes, cans, fruit boxes and yoghurt containers.

Recycle: Make sure everything in your lunch box can be recycled, for example bring a plastic drink bottle and keep filling it up with water.

Rethink: Think about everything you do and say NO to plastic bags!

If we do all of this, we have a better chance of being rubbish free!