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Flintham Primary School is aiming to be a Plastic Free School by ditching plastic milk bottles




Ditching single-use plastic and making a difference is on a primary school’s to-do list.

Flintham Primary School’s staff and pupils have taken the first step to becoming a Plastic Free School, to add to their Eco School status.

It follows a suggestion from a parent to look at the Surfers Against Sewerage initiative, which suggests how schools can reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use.

Pupils from Flintham Primary School, with their reuseable plastic milk bottles, after the school goes plastic-free. 261119TV2-2. (22588333)
Pupils from Flintham Primary School, with their reuseable plastic milk bottles, after the school goes plastic-free. 261119TV2-2. (22588333)

To achieve the status, the school has to complete five stages ­— to reduce three items of single-use plastic, take part in a whole-school litter pick and reduce the main types of plastic found, write to their local MP about their efforts and to contact plastic industry experts to explain how plastics can cause problems for the environment.

The children no longer use milk cartons and plastic straws for their morning milk.

Instead, they have been given a re-usable plastic bottle and milk will be delivered to the school in recyclable glass bottles.

Teacher and Eco Schools co-ordinator Mrs Faye Barker said: “We are a very small school but have 30 children every day having milk. That is 150 milk cartons every week and around 5,850 straws, wrappers and cartons a year.”

Milk provider Cool Milk was more than happy to use re-usable bottles.

Mrs Barker said: “The whole school has got behind the scheme and the parents have been really supportive, sending in their own suggestions and also emailing us photos of their children picking up litter at the weekend.”

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