Nestlé Waters has helped schoolchildren learn about its R-Generation plastics recycling educational programme in its ‘Recycle Cycle' recycling scheme in Buxton.
Developed with partners Recoup and Wastebuster, Plastic Recycling School Education Packs were developed for both primary and secondary schools.
Linked to the primary and secondary curriculum, the packs included content for multi-media interactive assemblies, new videos, lesson plans, and teacher's notes, each pack with different content for the age ranges they are aimed at.
These were used alongside a primary school ‘Pledge 4 Plastics' competition and a secondary school enterprise competition, both with exclusive prizes.
The Primary School Education Pack was designed to help students understand the recycling journey of plastic bottles, with the competition inviting pupils, teachers and their families to pledge to recycle one more plastic bottle every week through the project pledge-o-meter to win Baby Bustas, the UK's first 100% rPET soft toy, made from five recycled plastic bottles.
Jointly won by Peak Dale Primary and Burbage Primary schools, the schools said the children, and their families and friends have really enjoyed pledging to recycle more plastic, with the pledging providing a ripple effect into the wider community.
Helen Stamp, headteacher at Peak Dale Primary School said: “Peak Dale Primary School children and their families have really enjoyed pledging to recycle more plastic through the Nestle Waters Recycling Scheme. Our children are now ‘Eco ambassadors' and their message is ‘Everyone can help look after our planet too!'.”
Steve Morgan, technical manager at Recoup said: “There are many key areas of the curriculum which can now be used to educate about the benefits to our new developing thinking about circular resources and economies.
“Engaging with students provides a ripple effect into the community and drives the behaviour change we want to see across our society.”