School’s plan to reduce waste

Udny Green pupils giving their presentation at a special Open Afternoon event last week
Udny Green pupils giving their presentation at a special Open Afternoon event last week

Pupils at Udny Green School have outlined their plan to help reduce plastic waste and hope that other schools in Aberdeenshire will follow their lead.

Pupils from p5-7 gave a presentation to parents, Mid-Formartine councillor Paul Johnston and members from the Formartine Partnership on Friday, June 2.

Last year the school received £100 in funding from the Formartine Beginning to Blossom scheme, organised by the Formartine Partnership.

As part of their entry, the school revealed that it planned to replace plastic bags with reuseable plastic boxes at snacktimes, an idea that saw them win the Judges Prize.

The school purchased boxes with the money to enable the school cook, Mrs Catto, to place fruit in the boxes instead of plastic bags that would be thrown out after pupils were finished with them.

Class teacher, Emma Gibb, said: “The pupils started a plastic campaign to find out the issues with plastic, the effects it has on the environment and how we can do our bit to change it.

“They spoke to Mrs Catto about changing from bags to the tubs and they discovered it would save the school money as bags wouldn’t need to be bought.”

She added: “We hope to go round other schools to give the same presentation in a bid to get them on board.”

After listening to the presentation Democratic Independent and Green Group councillor, Paul Johnston, said: “Aberdeenshire Council will look at plastic use within schools in the near future, but for the moment Udny is leading the way and setting a great example.”

The pupils started using their new boxes on Monday (June 5).