Children invited to fight plastic pollution

Primary school children in West Sussex are being invited to fight plastic pollution in the environment by taking part in a global Plastic Planet Challenge.

UK based environmental education organisation Wastebuster has teamed up with Recycle Now to launch the challenge which is designed to motivate young people and their families to reduce plastic use and recycle.

West Sussex County Council, as a member of the West Sussex Waste Partnership, is backing the challenge and is urging all of its primary schools to take part.

Schools can access a range of great resources to explore plastic and recycling in the classroom and will be invited to ask their children to design a plastic pollution poster. The winning designs will be made into a customised design on a refillable drinking water bottle.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, and Chair of the West Sussex Waste Partnership members group, Deborah Urquhart, said: “Reducing and recycling plastic is such an important issue for so many people at the moment so this challenge has come at the right time.

“The Plastic Planet Challenge is a fun and engaging way for children to find out how they can prevent plastic pollution and motivate their families to do the same.”

In addition, the West Sussex Waste Partnership will be selecting their favourite designs from the West Sussex entries and award the winners with the following prizes:

  • Key Stage 1 –  composting/gardening kit for the winners class,
  • Key Stage 2 – a fully funded trip for a year group, to their state-of-the-art recycling facility, based in Ford (includes transport).

Schools can find out more about the challenge by visiting

Deborah added: “In West Sussex we are recycling more than ever, and by encouraging children to take part in this challenge we hope to continue this trend and inspire the next generation to take care of the environment and prevent plastic pollution in years to come.”


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