Clean up celebrates Sea Week

Everything from cigarette butts and fishing line to discarded clothing and plastic bottles. These were the finds of Kāpiti College’s Eco Action Group, when on Saturday 1st March they spent the day at the beach collecting rubbish for Sea Week.

The group of eleven students were accompanied by teachers Maria Kalashi and Nicola Easthope, coordinator of the Eco Action Group. The group met at 2pm and spent two hours combing the waterfront, between The Esplanade and Paraparaumu Beach.

“We managed to fill two large black rubbish bags and had some interesting finds along the way including a headless seahorse, five dollar note and distended snapper,” Head Girl Bonnie Hayvice said.

The students agreed it was a feel good way of spending their Saturday afternoon and were pleased with their efforts to help create a sustainable environment for the present and future generations of Kāpiti.

It’s a great feeling knowing that that isn’t going to end up killing an animal or having a further negative impact upon the waterways and coastline.

The Eco Action group’s next main focus is the Sustainable Home and Garden Show, happening on the 22nd & 23rd of March, where they have fabricated a multi faceted, cross-curriculum display.

A simple action of taking a bag to the beach to pick up loose rubbish, especially after a storm, is a great way to secure our beaches for a clean future. The group would like to thank the Kāpiti Coast District Council for supplying gloves and rubbish bags for the cleanup.