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Plastics survey. All groups work together on this project.
4 groups to collect and 2 to sort.
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  1. Form 2 groups, one to collect rubbish and one to sort it and display it.

A STANDARD CHART WILL BE FOR A 50M STRETCH OF BEACH WHICH CAN BE DONE BY A GROUP OF 20 STUDENTS IN AROUND 1 HOUR IF IT IS NOT TOO DIRTY. Larger groups can make 2 standard charts

  1. THE COLLECTION GROUP. Measure and mark out in 10 m sections of beach. Assign each group of 4 a 10 m section. Groups should be 3 pickers and 1 bagger. (if the beach is severely impacted then it might be necessary to assign 2 groups per 10 m section.)

  2. THE SORTING AND DISPLAY GROUP. Use suitable found items to make axes of a bar chart, e.g. bamboo poles, rope, rubber pipe. If there are no suitable materials, scratch axes in the sand.

  3. When the collectors bring rubbish, sort it and lay it out in columns on the axes you have made. We will use the following 10 columns numbering from left to right

    • Plastic drinks bottles (water and other) four wide, lying down. This standardizes the column width. Other columns are kept roughly the same in width.

    • foam packaging and food containers

    • Food and fast food. Straws, plastic eating utensils, bottle tops, food packaging, mama, Lays etc

    • Domestic waste,  toiletries, cleaning products, plastic tools and toys, like cigarette lighters, buckets, toys, toothbrushes etc

    • Plastic bags; clear bags and shopping bags. Also sheet plastic, Sugar/rice bags – woven

    • Fishing equipment, nets, ropes, floats, discarded light bulbs, lures etc

    • , including shoes

    • items

    • Metal items, like spray cans, beer cans

    • Glass items, like energy drink bottles, beer bottles

    • other

  4. When completed, write the date and the location on the board and photograph it together with your chart(s).

  5. Finally pack up all the rubbish into bags and carry it to a vehicle for proper disposal. Recyclable materials can be put into separate bags. If this is not practicable (e.g. on a small island accessed by boat, then the rubbish can be bagged and placed above the high tide mark, or left on the beach in display form. The photos can draw attention to the situation on that island and raise awareness which is still a valuable outcome.