Thousands of students take action over plastic pollution

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 January 2018

Year five and six pupils, at St Anne's Primary School, encouraging others to ditch plastics.

Year five and six pupils, at St Anne's Primary School, encouraging others to ditch plastics.

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Nearly 3,000 Weston-super-Mare students are leading the way in getting rid of plastics from their schools.

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The pupils who attend schools run by the Worle-based Priory Learning Trust are joining the Mercury’s Cleaner Coastlines campaign to help Weston achieve plastic-free coastline status.

Worle and Priory Community Schools, in Worle, and St Anne’s Primary School, which has sites in Hewish and West Wick, will aim to become plastic-free schools.

Students and staff at Worle and Priory will be involved in the drive to rid the schools of disposable plastic.

This will involve filling up bottles at water fountains rather than buying bottles of water, getting rid of condiment sachets and removing all plastic straws.

Priory Community School will work with its catering staff to cut down plastic. Priory Community School will work with its catering staff to cut down plastic.

Jacqui Scott, principal at Worle School, said: “We want to be a school which leads the way in this.

“Our students are inspiring and taking direct action to help marine life and our very planet.”

Worle and Priory will work alongside Pabulum, which provides the catering facilities at both schools, to get rid of plastic in the restaurants, classrooms and offices.

Jane McBride, principal at Priory, added: “At PCSA we are passionate about being proactive with this global issue and fully recognise the fact we have a duty to try to leave the world a better place for everyone.

Priory Community School is pledging to cut down its plastic. Priory Community School is pledging to cut down its plastic.

“Small changes can make big differences.”

MORE: 5 ways your business can help Weston achieve plastic-free coastline status.

Children at St Anne’s will be involved in a 10-week campaign called Who Has The Power? to demonstrate how every child and adult has power over removing and reducing plastics.

Lisa Dadds, principal at St Anne’s, said: “We are showing every single child the power they have to change the world.

Worle Community School students will be involved in reducing their plastic waste. Worle Community School students will be involved in reducing their plastic waste.

“This is a strong campaign to rid the world of plastics and we can start with our school.”

The Mercury is working with the Weston Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council to achieve the plastic-free accreditation from Surfers Against Sewage.

To complete all five objectives, businesses need to remove single-use plastics, and schools and community groups should also signal support.

To get involved, search for Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset Plastic-Free Campaign on Facebook.

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