PLASTIC recycling bins could be introduced at a school after environment-conscious pupils wrote letters calling for the facility.
Children at Brampton The Ellis Primary School in Wath put pen to paper after learning about the harmful effects of plastic on wildlife and the oceans.
Pupils put their plastic waste into general waste bins and it is collected by a company which filters out plastic for recycling.
However, pupils in Eagle class, a Year Six class at the school, were concerned about where the plastic was ending up and were hoping the school could install dedicated plastic recycling bins in every classroom.
Letters by two Year Six pupils, Alex Harrison and Ashton Balint-Pratt (both 10), were published in the Advertiser earlier this month.
In it they both highlighted the harmful effects of plastic on the environment and asked why their school had to pay a company to collect its plastic waste.
Year Six teacher Andrew McLeavy said the children had been more aware of how much plastic they had been using during the pandemic, when they had been using cutlery wrapped in individual plastic bags.
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“We were aware of how much plastic we were throwing away,” he said.
“We said, ‘Let’s do something about it’ so I decided we would write to various people of influence and see if something happened.
“They decided to write to their local MP, the Advertiser, Prince Charles, Boris Johnson and the environment secretary.”
Mr McLeavy said cutlery in the canteen was now in one bag rather than individual bags for each person.
He said: “The school is trying to get a price to see how much it would cost to have a recycling bin in each class.
“We have learnt about the impacts on our environment, the impacts on wildlife and the fact that the oceans provide 50 per cent of our oxygen.
“They have seen this plastic going in the bin, so if they can get recycling bins in school it would be fantastic.”
Alex said he had written his letter to highlight how much plastic his class had been throwing away each week.
“It was a fair bit,” he said.
“I know it will take a few more steps but I hope that with the Advertiser’s help we can start to change it and get recycling bins in our school.”
His classmate, Ashton Balint-Pratt, said: “We’re putting crisp packets, bottles and just lots of plastic stuff in the bin.
“If it goes to landfill it takes 500 to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
“I would like us to get recycling bins inside our school so then we can recycle and it doesn’t have to go to landfill.”
Another Year Six group, kite class, has launched a project called Kids Against Plastic.
They have been trying to get reusable water bottles in school to replace disposable plastic ones.
Mr McLeavy said the school’s PTA would be funding some reusable bottles that pupils could win.