This weekend the Sustainability Programs Section's site at the Sustainable Living Tasmania Home Expo will be crawling with litterbugs. Not the two-legged anti-social type, but the colourful creations of children’s imaginations. Students from Brent Street Primary School in Glenorchy have been busy constructing litterbugs – critters made from litter items.
Environment's Litter Program Coordinator, Annie Beecroft, recently visited the 5/6 class to talk to the students about the proposed new litter laws and the Top 10 litter items found in Tasmania. Annie took along a couple of her own crafted litterbugs as both a guide and to highlight different construction techniques.
The students were encouraged to choose items from the Top 10 Litter Items found in Tasmania as reported by the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index 2006. The design brief also required limiting the use of glue guns and sticky tape, with the students having to think of other ways to bind and attach the parts of their litterbugs.
To see the students’ litterbugs come along to the Home Expo which is being held this Saturday October 21 and Sunday 22nd October at the City Hall from 10 am-5 pm each day.
As well as making litterbugs, the students have also done a litter clean-up of their own school playground and surveyed the rubbish to come up with their own Top 10 litter items. They plan to repeat the litter clean-up on a regular basis and to share their findings with the rest of the school.