This week, the Climate Action Team had the chance to analyse the plastic collected during Plastic Amnesty Week. They sorted through over 10 bags of plastic to find out how much of it was recyclable and what kinds of plastic students had contributed.
They found that around a third of the plastic collected was recyclable, so encouraging students to recycle appropriately will be a key element of the Climate Action Team’s strategy. They are also focusing on reducing plastic wherever possible. The Dining Hall has already phased out plastic straws, replacing them with paper straws, and the school will be moving from plastic cutlery to wooden disposable cutlery imminently.
There are more challenging items, such as plastic drinks bottles, but the team has begun the process of contacting manufacturers to enquire if there is non-plastic alternative packaging available.
The Climate Action Team also visited a number of local primary schools, presenting on the Plastic Amnesty Week to encourage younger students to come up with initiatives to reduce plastic at their schools.