Rotary Expo helps students tackle rubbish

The results of a joint environmental project between Narooma Public School students and Narooma Rotary to reduce schoolyard rubbish will be on show at Narooma’s Renewable Energy Expo on Saturday 25 November.

The Expo will assist those wanting to save on power bills and be more environmentally sustainable.

Narooma Rotarian Sandra Doyle said some students were concerned about the amount of rubbish in their playground and recognised it as an environmental issue.

‘Over two days, several students picked up 2,000 to 3,000 pieces of rubbish,’ she said.

‘With assistance from Year 6 teacher and Environmental Co-ordinator Michelle Symons, they did a survey and found the cause seemed to be more with the design of the bin lids rather than with kids just dropping rubbish.

‘The school’s location is quite exposed. Often before the kids could get the rubbish into the bins and close the large back-hinged lids, the wind would catch lightweight rubbish and blow it away.

‘So the students looked at the type of lid that might work better and Rotary then sourced them through Sulo.’

Mrs Doyle presented two wheelie bins with different lids to Narooma Public School students last Friday.

‘For the Expo on 25 November, students will create posters about the type of lid they think works best, as well as demonstrate the lids in action,’ she said.

The Expo is a community project of the Rotary Club of Narooma Inc.

Last year’s Expo was such a success with exhibitors and visitors coming from across south-eastern NSW, Narooma Rotary has built on that experience for this year’s Expo.

The Expo on Saturday 25 November runs 10am-4pm in the Sport and Leisure Centre. Member for Eden Monaro Dr Mike Kelly will open it at 10.30 am.

The Expo Forum in Club Narooma that night (free) features key industry people and starts at 7.00pm followed by a panel discussion.

The Expo dinner at 6.00pm precedes the forum. Bookings via the website.

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Above: Expo environmental school project Rotarian Sandra Doyle and Narooma Public School Environmental Co-ordinator Michelle Symons with Chloe Tyrrell (Yr 5), back left, Jade Wilson (Yr 4); Liana Naylor (Yr 5), front left, and Kinders Tait Gunthorpe and Eva McGrath and the two bins with experimental lids, part of a joint Rotary-School environmental project. Photo Laurelle Pacey.

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