Students get Grubby with Litter at the Basin

Cessnock City Council and Hunter Councils have teamed up with Mount View High School students to clean-up The Basin ahead of the Summer Holidays.  
Cessnock City Council and Hunter Councils have teamed up with Mount View High School students to clean-up The Basin ahead of the Summer Holidays.      

The clean-up was conducted on December 14 and has left the area in a pristine condition for the holidays.

The clean-up day resulted in half a ute load of litter being collected by the students. An audit of the waste found approximately 1000 individual items of litter, with a large proportion of the volume being plastic, glass and aluminium drink containers as well as plastic packaging.

The partnership and clean-up activities have been made possible by almost $50 000 awarded to Hunter Councils by the Environment Protection Authority.  

The student leadership group were instrumental in driving this clean-up and other litter management activities including an earlier September clean-up, as well as the installation of bins in the carpark that the students have designed and decorated.  

Cessnock City Council Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said it is great to see students’ active and engaged on environmental issues.  

“The commitment of the students and student leaders to help develop solutions to litter in the area has been brilliant”, Cr Pynsent said.  

Next year, the project will continue with the installation of pet tidy bag dispensers at the park and signage to encourage dog walkers to use the bags.

The students also plan to carry out spot litter checks in the student carpark and hand out car tidy bags.  

Mount View High School Principal, Desley Pfeffer said I am very pleased that our students have had the opportunity to participate in this community project.  

“Cessnock City Council has been so active in seeking out the students’ opinion in regards to litter and the use of the Basin”, Ms Pfeffer said.

​19 December 2016