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Sandspit Waste Audit: The Results are In PDF Print
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Written by Loren Hope, Ngunguru School   
Thursday, 21 May 2015

A fantastic morning was had by all, at this years annual sandspit walk, and we are grateful to each of you who helped to remove rubbish from this precious habitat.

Each year Ngunguru School audits the rubbish collected by the community on this walk, as a part of their earthEd programme.

Once the rubbish is laid out, and the sorting and counting begins, the reality of just how much rubbish is out there floating around in the sea hits home in a big way for the students. Even on our 'pristine' coastline, we have a problem and our wildlife and habitat are under threat.

This year, there were a total of 998 individual pieces of countable rubbish removed from the sandspit in the space of just 2 hours (There were also at least a few hundred tiny pieces that were difficult for the students to count, but which would be of major impact on birds and fish).

Food Related Waste: 364 pieces
Household Related Waste: 282 pieces
Fishing Related Waste: 255 pieces
Industry Related Waste/ Other: 97 pieces

This is a lot of rubbish coming in from the sea and out from the land. We are voted as one of the top coastal destinations in the world. Lets all help to keep up this reputation by demonstrating how we care for and protect our local habitat and wildlife. What can you and your family do to help?

  • Always take a bag with you to the beach to remove any rubbish you find.
  • Pick up any rubbish you find on the streets - Drains lead to the sea.
  • Be aware when fishing that fishing lines and other waste that goes overboard has a massive impact on fish, dolphins, whales, turtles, birds and other sealife.
  • Be a conscientious shopper, support products that have the least packaging possible.
  • Pack zero waste lunches for school and work.
  • Think- Do I really need this plastic bag? Perhaps we could become a plastic bag free coastal community!

We would like you, your business or organisation to become a Friend of earthEd at Ngunguru School and help our children to be active in caring for the habitats that make up our special, world class coastal eco-system. The vision is of a community project and is in no way limited to school families. You will receive an email at the beginning of each term outlining the learning sessions and action days for the weeks to follow, and how you might like to become involved and learn new skills with us. Please come aboard and join us in our journey. Help to grow our kaitiaki and future leaders.

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