On the 2nd of March 2018 the students at Coolbinia Primary School helped to collect rubbish as part of the national ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ initiative. Each class got an area of the school e.g. the far end of the oval or the undercover area, and the classes needed to collect as much rubbish as they could from their area. The year 4s then sorted all the rubbish into different piles and weighed them. They then learned how to use Excel to represent the data in different ways. Clean Up Australia Day was a big success! Here are our results;

Analysis of Results

The data results generated by the Year 4’s provided valuable insight into how much and what type of rubbish is left at school. It was extremely positive to see such a minimal amount of Food Scraps collected. This demonstrates that the school culture of recycling food scraps through our compost and worm farms is working. This is definitely worth celebrating! However 44% of the rubbish collected which weighed 4 kg was made up of Plastic, Bags and Glad Wrap. This is of immediate concern and perhaps highlights the need to focus on what strategies we need to employ in order for our school to successfully aim to becoming plastic free for the future.

Click here to view the results ‘Rubbish Data Results’