In 2019, Telford & Wrekin Council declared a climate emergency. It is now working, along with partners, to go carbon neutral by 2030 – and to reduce single-use plastic across the council by 2023!

Hollinswood become first official Plastic Free School in the borough

Hollinswood Primary School and Nursery have become the first school in the borough (and county) to win a sustainability award for its students' hard work to cut out single-use plastics.

Hollinswood become first official Plastic Free School in the borough

After months of hard work by pupils (mainly from Year 5 and 6), teachers and volunteers to change the school's culture, the school has been presented with its Plastics Free Schools Award from Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).

The school has reduced or replaced single-use items like pudding cups and cling film, supplied each child with a long-life water bottle and started re-purposing things like bagel bags to store and transport things.

In order to earn the award the school had to complete several challenges with Year 5 pupils leading the way.

The challenges included creating an action group to deal with litter and single-use plastics; conducting a 'trash mob' litter pick; writing to companies who produce single-use plastics and asking how they could reduce it; recording plastic used at home; and sharing results through a newsletter and 'eco assemblies'.

Hollinswood Trash Mob on Vimeo.

Even though they've got the award, the children at Hollinswood Primary aren't resting on their laurels and are thinking of their next moves.
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