The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Plastic Waste Awareness Day



Did you know?


  • 50% of plastic is used once and thrown away.

  • A plastic bag has an average working life of 15 minutes

  • Every minute the equivalent of one rubbish truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans

  • In some studies, 90% of seabirds were found to have plastics in their intestines.

  • By 2050, of we carry on as now, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish


These are some of the reasons why we need to act now.  As a first step we organized 'Single Use Plastic Free Friday' on Friday 23rd November.  We used alternatives in our lunch boxes, so no disposable plastic water bottles,  no crisp packets or yoghurt pots and clingfilm.    We thought about storage of products in the school kitchen and how we can improve our recycling methods.  We really want this to be the start of an ongoing reduction in single use plastics.


We had a visit from Kath Austin, founder of BeeBee wraps which is an alternative to clingfilm.

We also had a visit from Amey, Cambridgeshire's waste management service.  They answered our questions about what happens to plastic waste in Cambridgeshire.

Take a look at some of these pictures to see what an interesting and exciting day we had in school.