Churchlands Senior High School students discover just much how plastic they waste

Clockwise from bottom: Joel Rynders, Natasha Scheffler, Katie Haigh, Ashleigh Ward and Magdalena McCabe. The Year 8s at Churchlands SHS have just finished up an environmental project on plastic waste. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d477624
Clockwise from bottom: Joel Rynders, Natasha Scheffler, Katie Haigh, Ashleigh Ward and Magdalena McCabe. The Year 8s at Churchlands SHS have just finished up an environmental project on plastic waste. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d477624

CHURCHLANDS students have found out just how much waste we create in a week.

Science teacher Mike Barr set his Year 8 class on a mission to bring in all their plastic rubbish for seven days.

“What we’ve done is started looking at how plastics are made, then environmental issues, then recycling,” he said.

“Plastic doesn’t degrade, and micro-plastics then get in to the food chain.”

Inspired by the War on Waste television program, the class conducted a War on Plastic Waste project and created brochures aimed at informing neighbours about the effects of plastic.

“We’ve already got a great paper recycling program in the school; our long term idea is plastic recycling,” Mr Barr said.

MORE: Northern suburbs resident reunited with paramedics who helped save her life

MORE: Here comes the rain again: Perth set for weekend deluge

MORE: Child sexual abuse Royal Commission to sit for final time