Imagine a beautiful, clean river. Now imagine that river 100 years later, rubbish has taken over and the gorgeous river that was once home to so much native wildlife is now simply a disgusting, flooded rubbish dump. This is devastating – but with your help, we can prevent this from happening to all our precious rivers, streams and oceans.
Lately, during our Green Team meetings, we have been horrified by the amount of items including plastic bags and other soft plastic that are going to landfill where they take 450 years to decompose. That is the equivalent of roughly twenty generations. This means that if you throw a plastic bag away today it would outlive your great grandchildren. The amount of plastic bags, most of which could have been recycled, in landfill is growing by an astounding 1 000 000 000 000 each year!
These statistics are so horrifying that the Green Team have decided they have to do something about this. We were surprised to know that all our soft plastics (shopping bags, frozen food packaging etc) can be recycled. The Green Team are going to organise a competition to see which class can collect the most soft plastics to be recycled. The class who collects the most plastics, saving them from landfill, will win a hot chocolate morning! Stay tuned for more details over the coming weeks.
Ginny H and Elena C