Schools urged to recycle

2019-07-09 06:00
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The Two Oceans Aquarium is challenging schools to permanently dispose of plastic bags and to become a plastic-free zone in light of International Plastic Bag Free Day observed on Wednesday 3 July.

In the 2018 International Beach Clean Up Day, 757 523 plastic shopping bags were found around beaches around Cape Town.

A plastic bag-free zone is a place in which the use of plastic bags is prohibited.

Schools that have already accepted the challenge are Wynberg Girls’ High School, Prestwich Street Primary School, The Grove Primary School, La Rochelle Girls’ High School, Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt, Timour Hall Primary School and DF Malherbe High School in Port Elizabeth.

Schools wanting to join the challenge can contact the Aquarium on 021 814 4532 or hayley.mclellan@aquarium.co.za, nominate a champion to drive this change or communicate what is being planned, and why, to the learners, teachers and parents. Once consensus has been reached with all involved parties, a date for the “final bag” must be decided and set.

People can then share the school’s stories of success and challenges with Two Oceans Aquarium and nominate a sister or brother school to follow their example.

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