Wastebusters unite


Southland schoolchildren came together on Tuesday to share with Waste Free Wanda (pictured) the findings of their microplastic data collection from their local rivers and streams.

The project, run by the Southern Institute of Technology and supported by Enviroschools, involved the testing of the data collected by the children.

Wanda learned Hedgehope School pupils found seven microplastics in the Hedgehope Stream in 30 minutes, while the children learned ways they could help reduce the amount of plastic in waterways. This included swapping common plastics with alternatives.

Wanda found it interesting how schools closer to the city found more plastics than those further away.

The Micro Investigators Hui involved various activities including the creation of a bottle cap mural and informing local councillors of what the project was about as well as what they found.

Photo: Laura Smith