Plastics Recycling Educational Programme trialled by Nestlé Waters

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Education packs have been designed for use in both primary and secondary schools

The R-Generation Plastics Recycling Educational Programme and school competitions have been delivered by Nestlé Waters, in its ‘Recycle Cycle’ recycling scheme across Buxton.

The scheme has been developed along with partners RECOUP and Wastebuster and the Plastic Recycling School Education Packs have been designed for use in both primary and secondary schools.

The packs are closely linked to both the primary and secondary school curriculum and include content such as lesson plans, new videos, teacher’s notes and multi-media interactive assemblies. Every pack contains content best suited to the age range they are aimed at.

The packs ran alongside a ‘Pledge 4 Plastics’ primary school competition and a secondary school enterprise competition, with both competitions handing out exclusive prizes.

They designed the Primary School Education Pack to help pupils to better understand the journey of recycled plastic bottles. The competition invited students, teachers and families to agree to recycle one more plastic bottle each week through the project pledge-o-meter. The prize was Baby Bustas – the UK’s first 100% rPET soft toy, which is made from five plastic bottles that have been recycled.

The competition was won by two schools, Peak Dale Primary and Burbage Primary, with both schools saying how much the pupils and their family and friends have enjoyed promising to recycle more plastic.

At secondary schools, the students were asked to think differently about plastic, what it is as a material and the recycling journey that plastic bottles take and how in a positive way, plastic bottles recycled in Buxton could be made into fantastic new products, such as headphones.

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