Our children lead the way to reduce Cheltenham’s plastic use

Published on 29th July 2019

greatfield park primary winning poster

Posters designed by school children go on display at Municipal Offices and Leisure at Cheltenham over the summer holidays

Officers from Cheltenham Borough Council have recently visited local schools including St Mary’s C of E Junior School, Prestbury and Greatfield Park Primary School, Hatherley to discuss reducing waste, re-use and recycling with pupils.

The children at St Mary’s C of E Junior School, Prestbury have designed posters to promote the reduction in the use of plastic to help the environment. The Mayor, Councillor Roger Whyborn, judged the posters at the school a few weeks ago and the six winning designs will be displayed shortly in the foyer area at Leisure at Cheltenham over the summer holidays.

At Greatfield Park Primary School, Hatherley the children enjoyed a ‘how do we recycle at home’ game as part of the environmental awareness session facilitated by council officers. Pupils then designed posters to promote waste reduction, re-use of plastic and other items and sorting recycling at home.  The Mayor, Councillor Roger Whyborn, chose six winning designs and these are on display in the committee suite foyer at the Municipal Offices until Friday 30 August 2019 during office hours.

Winning poster designs from both schools will be available to view on the council’s facebook page.

Councillor Roger Whyborn, mayor, said: “The children have put so much effort into this, I do hope as many people as possible go to see the winning posters on display at the Municipal Offices over the summer holidays.”

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said: “School children are clearly taking climate change seriously and I am committed to continuing to support schools in future.  I also want to make sure more information is available to residents in Cheltenham about how much we recycle and what happens to it.”

Details about plastic recycling can be found on the council’s website

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