A Plastic Packaging Audit is engaging children up and down the country. School pupils are being given ‘a hands-on role in challenging the confusion around what can and cannot be recycled.’ Over 20,000 schools will be taking part in the project through the environmental charity’s ‘Eco Schools’, a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational initiative in the world.
Eco-Schools is pupil-led. It involves hands-on learning that gets the whole school and the wider community involved in exciting environmental projects. Schools are provided with free resources to help them progress to the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award within 12 months of registration. Keep Britain Tidy provides additional assistance through a dedicated team of former teachers.
The initiative is supported by Keep Britain Tidy recycling partner Harrogate Water along with Plastipak, one of the global leaders in sustainable Plastic Packaging and recycling.
In 2019 ‘The Challenge’ will be a call to action for all participating schools to take part in a national survey assessing recycling in schools, finding out what waste management resources they have available as well as understanding local authority collections and recycling services’, Richard McIlwain of Keep Britain Tidy said. ‘This National survey will be the first if its kind and will allow the schools to help advise on what they believe we should be doing to improve provision and help harmonise recycling services in schools across the country. The report will be published in an easy-to-use infographic format and made available to all relevant parties. The students’ work will provide the springboard for the ‘Circular School 2020 Challenge’, in which we’ll be encouraging schools to take an active role in identifying sustainable waste management solutions.”
Plastipak and Harrogate Water identify as ‘champions of the circular economy’ and believe that children can play a big part in shaping a sustainable future and challenging the ‘misinformation and confusion’ around waste management and recycling.
According to Harrogate Water Brand Manager, Nicky Cain, the Eco-Schools project will stimulate discussion in the classroom around waste, recycling and the circular economy. ‘We know that children are passionate about the environment and want to lead the way in making positive changes’, she said, and this programme gives them the opportunity to uncover the facts about Plastic Packaging and recycling and to influence progress towards a more sustainable future.’
As part of the project, Harrogate Water and Plastipak are producing a video showing the lifecycle of a bottle of Harrogate Spring. All content for the module will be approved by the Assessments and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) and feed into academic subjects, as well as linking into Global Citizenship as part of the National Curriculum.
*Plastic Packaging: All PET bottles of Harrogate Spring are 100 per cent recyclable and contain at least 50 per cent recycled content, processed and supplied by Plastipak. The recycled content is sourced solely from the UK.
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