Mildura Litter Forum

This is my section for the Mildura Litter Forum…

Education: How we educate others about litter using Kids teaching kids and Kids teaching adults.

Every year we need to teach the new students including the Preps what goes in each bin. The Year 6’s have Prep buddies for the whole year and it is our job to introduce the preps to the school and explain all the different things we do. In Science Mrs. Vorwerk and Ms Hudswell spend the first 3 science sessions at the start of the year with all classes revising recycling.

They teach the Preps about recycling using real waste to demonstrate what goes in each bin. Amanda from Mildura Waste Management comes and runs a Recycling Relay with the Preps so they learn how they can recycle at home too.

Teaching kids and adults how to recycle takes time and we have to keep showing and explaining what has to happen. The year 5 and 6 classes prepare posters to help everyone understand the waste systems.

During Term 2, the Sustainability Ambassadors, a group of Year 6 students that are committed to helping the environment, will be timetabled at Recess to help the Preps, 1’s and 2’s to put their waste in the right bin.

Contamination is a problem

One of the issues that is very hard to get right is contamination of the recycling bins. It only takes one person to put soft plastic into the recycling bin and it is contaminated. At the start of this year , Grade 5 and 6 looked at the issue ‘Contamination Costs’ and came up with lots of ideas about what this means. These are some of our ideas:

  • The landfill is filled up faster because the recycling if it is contaminated has to go there.
  • If a recycling bin is contaminated it cannot be recycled.
  • More people have to be employed to check contamination.

We also came up with some slogans.

  • Contamination is a catastrophe!
  • We need to recycle properly so let everyone know especially adults!
  • Never refuse to reuse!
  • Recycle today for our future!

We take action in the Community

This year 5S is the Litter Control Student Action Team and they check the school ground and also participate in the Community, cleaning up litter. For Clean up Australia Community Day 5S represented our school and cleaned up Chaffey Bend.

New idea for our school…

At SRC we are looking at every class having a certain section of the school ground and a garden to look after so we are all proud of our school and keep it litter free.



Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People

 One day I went to the river and it was beautiful.  The birds were chirping and the fish swimming happily.  I decided it was a perfect day for a picnic.  I saw a chubby man fishing in a boat.  He was eating a chocolate bar.  When he finished he just threw the wrapper into the river.  When the man came out I said to him,

“I saw you throw your rubish into the river, don’t you want to have a healthy wetland?”

He said, “What does a healthy wetland mean?”

“A healthy wetland is known as the kidneys of the river. Wetlands filter out all the contaminants so the water is cleaner just like our kidneys filter the contaminants out of the human body. Plants grow well in a wetland and many animals live there too. Don’t you want to see the insects and macroinvertebrates enjoying the clean water and the fish being able to swim safely instead of dying in contaminated rivers? Next time you should bring a bag to put your rubbish in.  You could enjoy the river, the fish and listen to the birds. You’ll want to come here every day to visit the wetlands. Always remember the motto, what you bring in, you take out!”

“Oh I’d better go and clean up my rubbish, I feel really bad,” he said.

Six months later the man went camping to the wetlands with his family, but when they got there it was a big smelly disaster. There was rubbish everywhere. The man and his family decided to do something about it so they could clean up the mess. They organised some friends and volunteers to come and help. It was a big job and took them a couple of weeks. Everyone in the community found out about it; it was even on the news. The group received a certificate of thanks and the man made a speech. He told everyone that if you go to the river we need to keep our wetlands clean and healthy. We can all do something to save the environment and enjoy the river.

Everyone in the community kept the wetlands clean from then on. That man had spread important information on keeping our wetlands clean so that everyone knows we have to keep the wetlands free of rubbish as wetlands are very important to our rivers.


Regulating the Murray – a topic to discuss!

The Murray River needs to be regulated to support many different people in industries, all the aquatic creatures and the vegetation near the river.

Regulating the Murray  River means that it has dams,locks, weirs, regulators, carp screens, barrages and fish ladders – all man made to help control the river. There are lots of views about this issue.

The river being regulated is a good idea because in the past it has given paddlesteamers a good reliable route so they could deliver all the supplies to the people living along the river. It helps the paddlesteamers today as they take tourists for scenic tours.

The river being regulated is also a good idea because the fish ladders keep the native fish migrating and the carp can’t kill or eat lots of the native fish.

In addition to that regulating the river helps us in a drought because it helps to control the movement of the water. On the other hand it helps introduced pest plants and animals from other countries  survive with lots of water. It has been found that exotic plants or weeds such as willows can grow quicker and can cause erosion on the banks. This is not an advantage!

The river being regulated is a good and sometimes a bad thing in many ways. However this issue of regulating the Murray whether we should or shouldn’t gives us all something to think about!


Our future!

I think our future is up to everyone living in the world to be responsible for their actions.

What do you think?