New Award and Grant Scheme Launched for Norfolk Schools

School pupils holding reduce single-use award scheme certificatesNorfolk pupils set to turn plastic waste into bronze, silver and gold!

Norfolk children will be leading the way on cutting plastic waste in their schools as they set their sights on gold in a new award scheme that launched today. Pupils at Bignold Primary School, Norwich, were the first to receive their certificates for swapping single-use plastic items for reusable alternatives.

Single-use plastics and products add up to around 30,000 tonnes of waste annually in the county, costing Norfolk £3.47million to dispose of every year. National figures show single-use plastics make up around 50% of the plastic produced and careless disposal can cause huge problems with pollution.

School pupils holding reusable itemsThe brand new Reduce Single-Use Award Scheme asks schools to set targets to minimise their use of throw away plastics and offers them the opportunity to apply for a one-off grant of £150 to get them started.

Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Recycles are calling for schools to sign up and start to reduce their use of single-use plastics and, in return, they will be rewarded with bronze, silver and gold awards to celebrate their progress. A specially designed resource pack provides all the information and support materials needed to guide them through the project, as well as a selection of curriculum linked activity ideas.

Forty schools will be in with the chance of securing a £150 grant to help them to replace some of the single-use items that pupils have chosen to target in their school. The grant could perhaps be used to buy a set of reusable beakers and jugs to replace disposable cups/cartons, refillable sauce dispensers to use instead of individual sachets, reusable cutlery to replace throw away knives and forks or a refillable water bottle for each pupil.

Cllr Andy Grant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “The county council’s waste reduction and recycling team have done a fantastic job in creating this simple and fun award scheme which will give Norfolk pupils the chance to make a real and lasting difference in their school. This is part of the wider work we’re doing to help people to find simple but effective ways to cut down on their use of harmful and wasteful single-use plastics and products, and includes our popular swap2save campaign and charter calling on people to pledge to stop releases of balloons and sky lanterns. We know our children can be some of the best and most inspirational advocates for us to find ways to cut waste and I’m looking forward to seeing and supporting the efforts of pupils in schools across the county as they build on some of the great work they’ve already done.”

For more information, to sign up or apply for a grant visit our Reduce Single-Use for Schools page

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