Year 4 students at Bucasia State School show off their masterpieces made from recycled bottle caps with teacher Miss Catherine Armstrong.
Year 4 students at Bucasia State School show off their masterpieces made from recycled bottle caps with teacher Miss Catherine Armstrong. Contributed

Students collected about 47,000 bottle tops to recycle

IN their quest to reduce, reuse and recycle, enthusiastic students at Bucasia State School collected 47,000 bottle caps, their goal was 24,000.

Bottle caps cannot be recycled in Mackay so the Year 4 students chose to "upcycle" or "repurpose" them into creative art pieces.

Students worked all year to create murals for the school, unveiling their 5.76sqm bottle cap logo on school parade last Thursday.

Year 4 teacher, Catherine Armstrong said the community support had been tremendous. "We would like to say a big thank you to Mackay and the wider community for helping us collect."

What do you think is the most important thing you have taught others about the three Rs?

Ruby Smith: It teaches others that recycling can be fun and helpful.

Bailey Grieve: It's important to reduce landfill and clean up rubbish so our environment is sustainable.

Stacey Whiting: You can reuse things to make new things, you can also save money by reusing your water bottle for example.

Why is recycling important to you?

Ruby Smith: Our school is close to the beach. If we don't recycle or put our rubbish into the bin, plastic and rubbish will make its way into the ocean. Bailey Grieve: Landfill in Mackay and our country is getting worse. We need to look at ways to reduce our consumption and reuse items.

Stacey Whiting: Certain objects can go into the ocean and kill marine life. We can also make entirely new things from our rubbish.



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