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Students take a seat for recycling at Sunshine school

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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception student John Hauzel (front left), teacher Joanne McManus, student Alysia Indra and Melbourne Water's Dr Teresa Mackintosh on the seat made from recycled plastic.

Students at a Sunshine primary school now have a permanent reminder about the importance of recycling thanks to a donation by Melbourne Water.

A seat, made out of recycled plastic, now sits inside the school gardens featuring the wording ‘this seat prevented 21,250 plastic bags from entering into Kororoit Creek and Port Phillip Bay.’

The seat is a reward for the students at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception for their involvement in Melbourne Water’s `Litter Action’ program and the work they’ve also done with Friends of Kororoit Creek about the impacts litter has on their environment.

Teacher Joanne McManus said the students had driven the school’s sustainability message.

“We feel it is important for students to become active and informed citizens,” she said.

“By starting locally with Kororoit Creek and Port Phillip Bay, our students can connect to their local environment and learn the impact of their actions."

Melbourne Water’s Waterwatch Coordinator Dr Teresa Mackintosh said recycling bins have also been supplied to the 15 classrooms so students can introduce a recycling system into the school. These bins are colour-coded to teach students to sort and separate items. These are then emptied and taken away for recycling.

Melbourne Water is committed to working with schools and the wider community to reduce litter in our waterways,” Dr Mackintosh said.

“It’s been fantastic to see the passion the students at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception have for their litter action program. It’s given them a greater understanding of the impact rubbish can have on the environment.

“Litter is everyone’s responsibility. If you see rubbish around your local rivers and creeks, pick it up and bin it.”

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As part of the school’s sustainability program, students carried out an audit of rubbish in their neighbourhood and they also planted 500 trees at the Friends of Kororoit Creek `Bug Rug’ site in Sunshine, a popular community gathering area.

Friends of Kororoit Creek President Jessica Gerger said the volunteer group is thrilled to support the next generation of environmentalists.

“There are many people in the community and local schools like Our Lady’s working to keep rubbish out of the creek and help restore the green habitat corridor and improve creek health. The staff, students and parents have done great work,” Ms Gerger said.