Shrewsbury School

Tackling Plastic Waste at Shrewsbury School

Friday 5 January 2018

The recent David Attenborough ‘Blue Planet’ documentary series graphically drew attention to the shocking statistics regarding plastic waste that ends up in our oceans. 

According to the Plastic Oceans Foundation, this amounts to 8 million tons of plastic a year.  We all have a responsibility for looking after our planet, and as a School we feel that we can – and should – be doing more.

Therefore from the start of this term we aim to reduce the plastic waste at Shrewsbury School, specifically by getting rid of single-use plastic water bottles.  Last year as a School we used a total of 32,952 water bottles. Given the breadth of activities that we undertake, this is perhaps understandable. Nevertheless, it is a staggering statistic and one that we aim to do something about.

So on the first day of term, every pupil was supplied (free of charge) with their own School-branded litre bottle, which they will be asked to use for sports fixtures and trips and expeditions.   

Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water remains a key message that we will continue to articulate to pupils. But it is hoped that through this drive, we will also be sending a strong message to pupils about our collective responsibility for the environment and the planet in which we live.

Peter Middleton, Deputy Head (Co-curricular)

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