PRIMARY school children across the county are joining together to tackle plastic waste problems and other environmental concerns. 

Eco-education charity Carymoor Environmental Trust launched its new campaign 'Schools Against Waste' on Friday, February 9, at Wellsprings Primary School, Taunton. The campaign is backed by Somerset Waste Partnership. 

The charity will provide "talking rubbish" assemblies for the students across 90 schools in the next year. 

Each school will have classroom activities linked to the year groups, such as turning food waste into compost and learning about the impact of plastics. 

The Carymoor experts will work with each school to review current recycling schemes in place. 

Chard & Ilminster News:

COMMITMENT: Cllr Clare Aparicio Paul, Cllr David Hall, Carymoor Environmental Trust (CET) chief executive Rupert Farthing, SWB chairman Cllr Derek Yeomans, Cllr Jo Roundell Greene, CET education officer Karen Boswell, and Somerset Waste Partnership managing director Mickey Green.

Cllr Derek Yeomans, chairman of SWP’s governing board, said: “As they step up to make this world their own in the future, it is vital that young people understand the key environmental issues of the day, such as the crisis of plastics, and what they can do about them.”

The Schools Against Waste campaign marks the 10th anniversary of Somerset Waste Partnership - a local authority team managing waste and recycling service. The Waste Partnership Board is made up of members from five district councils and the county council. 

SWP managing director Mickey Green said: “Given the important role schools play in their communities, we would like to see school students play their part in ensuring that their families, friends and neighbours all take steps to waste far less, recycle much more and save money while improving their environment.”

Schools are encouraged to email to be apart of the campaign.