Wheatlands becomes first primary school in borough to take the plastics free pledge

A Redcar primary school is thought to be the first in the borough to sign up to a nationally-organised single-use plastics free pledge.

Children at Wheatlands Primary have already had a special assembly to explain the move and been on a litter pick on the beach.

Now the school will start to reduce the amount of single use plastics it uses every day and educate the children on the importance of being environmentally friendly.

The school is the latest organisation to take the nationally-organised Surfers Against Sewage pledge. Community organisations in Redcar, Saltburn and Marske have signed up as well as the council itself and an ever-increasing number of businesses.

Andrea Carling, teacher at Wheatlands, said: “The children have really embraced the idea.

“We have an ‘Eco-trash Mob’ who have been out on the beach clearing the area of plastic and other litter.

“We’ve also explained to all the children that we’ll being using less plastic across the school, including at lunch time and in the classroom, and we’re encouraging all out parents to pack less plastics if possible when they supply lunches.

“It’s wonderful to see the children not only taking action but learning all about the environment too.”

Councillor Barry Hunt, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Environment, said: “The community has taken the lead on this campaign and we’re backing them all the way.

“Wheatlands Primary deserves special praise. It shows how committed the school is to their own community and the children’s future and the work of the children, including going out in the cold on litter picks, is fantastic.”

Friends of Redcar, Keeping it Clean at Saltburn and Marske Litter Action Group have signed up to the cause and it’s hoped community associations in every town and village in the entire borough will eventually take part.

Community groups have also developed a website for the Redcar and Cleveland area which is connected to the Surfers Against Sewage national campaign and is also backed by the council.

It lists all businesses and groups taking part. The site has information about how you can get involved and sign up.

Find out more at www.plasticfreeredcarcleveland.com