NEWS: Schools must reduce their use of single-use plastics by 2022
Read more here about Damian Hinds’ announcement.
How to become a Plastic Clever School
Becoming a Plastic Clever School requires a school to take appropriate action needed to reduce their use of single-use plastic, including the BIG 4 plastic polluters (cups + lids, straws, bottles and bags), plus cutlery and crockery:
Kids Against Plastic is committed to helping schools succeed in their efforts to fight single-use plastic and have created all of the resources a school (with pupils leading the way) needs. And they are all freely available to any school wishing to get involved. All schools have to do to get started is REGISTER (using the form below).
So, what are you waiting for?
Start today be registering your interest.
We’ll then send you the resources and activity ideas you need to reach Plastic Clever status.
Let’s get this thing started…
STAGE 1: Register
Please fill in the form below to register your interest in becoming a Plastic Clever School. We’ll then send you a a digital Welcome Pack via email help get you started.
NB. If you’re already listed in our database, no need to re-register, we’ll send you the Welcome Pack. If you haven’t received it, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll re-send it.
Your digital Welcome Pack will contain:
- Progress Tracker – chart to mark stages completed along the Plastic Clever journey
- Ocean-themed clip art bundle – for displays and general use
- Printable poster – “We’re raising awareness of plastic pollution” a poster to help you galvanise support
- Support – ideas to help you complete the next Stage Raising Awareness
The Registration Form
Fill in the form and hit ‘Submit’ and your Welcome Pack will be sent straight to your inbox.
STAGE 2: Raise Awareness
This stage is all about making as many people as possible aware of the issues associated with single-use plastic, whether it’s drinks bottles, cutlery or straws – it doesn’t matter! The important thing is you get people talking about plastic and how much they use.
Step 1: Inform
Overview – Inform pupils and staff of the issues around single-use plastic
- Put together an assembly on plastic pollution
- Create a plastic pollution display
- Put information posters about the issues of plastic pollution around your school
Step 2: Audit
Overview – Survey and record how much single-use plastic is used around school, in the canteen and other applicable areas
- Survey your school’s usage of single-use plastic (or plastic in general)
- Identify different types of single-use plastic used in school and key areas to be tackled (e.g. large number of plastic bottles in school canteen)
- Measure/count the plastic you have collected (this could be through school Eco Council members in charge of your collection)
- Extrapolate – scale up, assess impact (e.g. if we use this amount in one week it will be X in 1 year)
Step 3: Feedback
Overview – inform pupils and staff of the findings of previous stages, find targets to improve on (e.g. pupils bring less plastic into school)
- Put up pupil-made posters around school to encourage others to stop using plastic
- Do an assembly (following up on Stage 1) to explain to students what the school will now do to reduce plastic
- Produce art exhibit from plastic waste to demonstrate the volume used in school per week
Step 4: Let us know
When you’ve completed the Raise Awareness step, send us a photograph using the form below and we’ll send you some goodies.
What’s in it for you …
On completion of this step (and Stage) Kids Against Plastic will post out to you:
- An educational A2 colour poster from the Deep aquarium
- A poster celebrating the school’s Raising Awareness success
…as well as email you some resources to help you progress to Plastic Clever School status (your next Stage to complete).
Fill in the form and hit ‘Submit’ and your goodies will be posted out to you.
STAGE 3: Be Plastic Clever
Step1: Take Action Against Single-use Plastic – one BIG 4 item at a time
Overview – school begins to cut down use of single-use BIG 4 items ( bottles , cups + lids , straws and bags ) and encourages reusables among staff and pupils
- Use your school audit to identify key areas of the school a BIG 4 item is used or made available
- Provide easy access for students to use own reusables: encourage use of tap water, fountains, washing facilities
- Encourage use of reusables through displaying posters (made by students or supplied) and discourage or inhibit the use of non-reusables
- Where single-use plastics can’t be avoided, provide information and recycling facilities
Step 2, 3 and 4:
Repeat Step 1, each time taking action against another of the BIG 4 items.
NB. if one or more of the BIG 4 items aren’t applicable to your school, then skip them and move onto the next item that is.
Step 5: Let us know
Send us a photo (or photos) of your efforts – using the form below.
What’s in it for you …
On completion of this step (and Stage) Kids Against Plastic will send you:
- A posh Plastic Clever School Certificate
- A Plastic Clever School celebration poster
- A hard copy of ‘Finn the Fortunate Tiger Shark and his Fantastic Friends’, a book by Georgina Stevens
- A family ticket (to raffle or award) to either The Deep (in Hull) or the National Marine Aquarium (in Plymouth)
Fill in the form and hit ‘Submit’ and your Plastic Clever School goodies will be posted out to you.
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