Australian beach volleyball champion Taliqua Clancy during a visit back to her hometown of Kingaroy … she hopes the Wave of Change program will inspire more students to recycle

November 26, 2021

Volleyball champion Taliqua Clancy – a silver medallist at the Tokyo Olympics – has been made the official ambassador for the Wave of Change program, a joint environmental education program between Containers for Change and Plastic Oceans Australasia.

“We know that Taliqua is a winner on the court and is a passionate supporter of clean oceans and beaches – her strong connection to young Queenslanders makes her perfect for this role as we go for gold in cleaning up and protecting our beaches and environment,” Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said.

“In partnership with Plastic Oceans Australasia, Containers for Change will deliver primary school curriculum modules on plastic reduction and pollution to 300 primary schools in 2022.

“The program will also support schools’ container recycling fundraising efforts by providing collection infrastructure and resources that maximise containers collected and refunds received.”

Taliqua said the program would drive change by influencing students’ daily habits and inspiring others to join them.

“Playing volleyball on beaches around the world has made me passionate about keeping them, and our oceans, free of plastic and waste so that we can all enjoy them,” she said.

“Sharing storylines about our environment is so important for the future sustainability of our beaches, beautiful coastline, and waterways in Queensland and I am excited to share my passion for the environment with tomorrow’s generation of Queenslanders.”

The Wave of Change program encourages schools to be focussed on building awareness of plastic pollution and participating in Containers for Change and will provide schools with bags and bins for containers, connection to operators who can collect recyclables and a federally approved curriculum ready to go.

Five billion containers have now been recycled since Containers for Change was introduced in Queensland.

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