Cleanaway Waste Warrior Challenge winners celebrated at The Wave 2019

Cleanaway sponsors the Cleanaway Waste Warrior Challenge, an art competition where students compete to create the most imaginative art piece from common litter items found on their school grounds.

Partnerships

November 18, 2019

Highlights

“Our partnership with Tangalooma EcoMarines demonstrates Cleanaway’s continuous involvement in communities we operate in, and we’ll continue to participate in initiatives that advocate increased recycling and litter prevention.” - Cleanaway Head of Development and Joint Ventures Neil Perry.

Highlights

“Our partnership with Tangalooma EcoMarines demonstrates Cleanaway’s continuous involvement in communities we operate in, and we’ll continue to participate in initiatives that advocate increased recycling and litter prevention.” - Cleanaway Head of Development and Joint Ventures Neil Perry.

With their recycled art project ‘Strawgull’, created from a Slurpee cup, ice cream spoon, plastic rings and discarded straws from around their school and the beach, students from the Grace Lutheran Primary School won hearts, minds and the Cleanaway Waste Warrior Challenge at The Wave 2019.

“Strawgull will keep educating our community about how straws are affecting bird life as he has a very long life span ahead of him, probably about 200 years until his straw feathers start to break down. Our hope is that Strawgull will change the way people think about their straw use.” wrote the Grace Lutheran Primary School students in their winning submission.


Pictured: Grace Lutheran Primary School’ with their winning submission – ‘Strawgull’

Cleanaway Head of Development and Joint Ventures Neil Perry, Education Coordinator Elli Webb and Business Development Manager, Municipal Tamara Hinchey were on hand at The Wave 2019 to cheer on the winners and the incredible efforts of the schools that participated. Cleanaway have been proud sponsors of the EcoMarines program since 2017, supporting students to learn about and take action to combat land and water pollution at a local level.


Pictured: Cleanaway’s Neil Perry with Tangalooma EcoMarines Ambassadors

“We’re proud to partner with EcoMarines on this great community school-based education and recycling litter prevention event,” said Neil Perry.

“It demonstrates Cleanaway’s continuous involvement in communities we operate in, and we’ll continue to participate in initiatives that advocate increased recycling and litter prevention. Amazing work and well done to all EcoMarines ambassadors!”

The Wave is the end-of-year celebration of all the environmental achievements of participating EcoMarines schools. Government representatives, sponsors, partners, teachers, parents, and students leave the event encouraged to do more to protect Southeast Queensland’s land and waterways.

This year’s event started with Ngugi Elder Uncle Bob Anderson leading a Welcome to Country ceremony followed by speeches by Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch as well as the Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts.

Guests were then treated to an inspirational morning filled with videos and presentations by EcoMarines’ student ambassadors.

Pictured: Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch surrounded by EcoMarines ambassadors

 

Amazing participation for the Cleanaway Waste Warriors Challenge

Runner up winner of the Cleanaway Waste Warrior Challenge, Hilder Road State School’s ‘Trash Travels’ collage highlighted the beauty of Moreton Bay and the threat posed by plastic waste on marine life.

In addition to their ‘No-Wrapper Python’, EcoMarines Ambassadors from Payne Road State School also took part in waste audits and a Nude Food event to reduce usage of single-use plastic food packaging.

Raceview State School EcoMarines Ambassadors submitted a majestic humpback whale artwork crafted from used chip packets collected around the school to highlight the importance of preserving Moreton Bay as the migration site of humpback whales along the eastern coastlines of Australia.

Routine waste audits helped Tamborine Mountain State School EcoMarines Ambassadors single out chip packets as the main culprits behind the community’s waste problem. They created a scarecrow made from 325 chip packets and other recycled materials found around the school.

Brisbane Boys’ College collected plastic rubbish and waste plastic from home and school to create a plastic coral reef for their entry entitled “Plastic is Rubbish.”

 

About the Cleanaway Waste Warrior Challenge
Tangalooma EcoMarines is a not-for-profit organisation based in Brisbane. It has been another successful year for EcoMarines as the program continues to grow with 40 primary and 9 secondary schools participating.

Cleanaway sponsors prizes for the Cleanaway Waste Warrior Challenge, an art competition where students compete to create the most imaginative art piece from common litter items found on their school grounds. The goal is to reduce waste and raise awareness about key litter items found in schools.

Contact us to learn more about how we make a sustainable future possible through our school programs for communities across Australia.