Llantwit Major school pupils reduce their plastic waste in efforts to help protect the environment
Students at Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant in Llantwit Major have been working hard to reduce the plastic they use in a bid to look after the environment.
The school committee, made up of children from year one to five, enjoyed watching video clips from the recent BBC series Blue Planet II, and pupils were inspired to help after seeing the effect that plastic waste has on oceans.
The committee decided to get rid of small individual plastic bottles of milk and straws, and ask for large milk bottles from local dairy companies instead.
They would buy reusable cups and train school staff on how to wash the cups, and carefully measure the milk so that every child receives the correct amount each day.
Teachers Melissa Davies and Rachel Holley, who are members of the eco committee, have been organising the project.
Rachel Holley said: “We are sure this change will reduce the amount of plastic we are wasting and, as a result, help to keep the sea clean and safe.
“Being so close to the coast, I think our children took to reducing our plastic waste with such enthusiasm because the sea is such a big part of their lives. But I also think they've all gained a fantastic sense of achievement knowing that what they've done will have a real-world impact. Although we've organised many events in school, this is by the far the biggest project the children have been part of.
“I'm sure this is just the beginning for these pupils, and I really hope we can inspire other schools to join us and do their bit to help keep our planet clean.”