It’s over to you now!
Helen Buick, from Christ Church Downend, and Stephanie Windsor, parent at Bromley Heath juniors, are pictured collecting plastic bags outside the school gate
ECO-FRIENDLY pupils at Bromley Heath Junior School have been making a huge difference to their environment.
A team of youngsters started a plastic bag recycling project last October as part of a local initiative called Downend Junior Soup.
For the past year they have been collecting clean, stretchy plastic bags stuffed into bread bags and bringing them to the school gate each Friday.
Their aim was to collect enough bread bags full of other plastic bags to fill an entire bread lorry – a feat which they have now achieved.
Helen Buick, of Christ Church, helped coordinate the Downend Junior Soup project. She said: “Seeing the mountains of plastic each week has convinced me that the 5,000 plus bread bags full would indeed fill a bread lorry.
“The project grew when we learnt that crisp packets could be recycled too. And for many months we have diligently collected crisp packets and sent them back to Walker’s.”
News of the project spread thanks to a story in the Voice and other local schools, a church, shops and individuals got involved and contributed to the total.
Helen said: “Special thanks to Emersons Green Primary School and Bromley Heath infants as they have contributed to the huge amount of plastic we have been able to recycle.
“One year later and our project is now over but that doesn’t mean the plastic recycling has to stop. Many families have taken up the habit of recycling soft plastics and once you have started that habit it’s very easy to continue it.”
Helen said Sainsbury’s in Emersons Green will take bags of stretchy plastic bags, including bubble wrap, and all local Tesco stores, including Yate and Staple Hill, are collecting plastic bags mixed together in one bag - crisp packets, sweet pouches, crinkly plastic, stretchy plastic, bubble wrap, carrot bags, salad bags and pet food pouches.
She added: “Please, please do continue to, or start to, collect any soft plastics you have and recycle them when you are at a local supermarket.
“Our pupils at Bromley Heath juniors really have changed our world and we are very proud of them.”