Assumption Catholic Primary students say no to plastic cup use

Students Jessica O'Connor, Dave Lim, Kierra Peacock and Flynn Drew.  Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d485012
Students Jessica O'Connor, Dave Lim, Kierra Peacock and Flynn Drew. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d485012

ASSUMPTION Catholic Primary students have said no to plastic cups and yes to a school-wide reusable cup initiative.

Years 5 and 6 students, part of the school’s Green team, started cutting down on plastic cup use at the canteen earlier this year.

School science specialist Jo Drew said the students campaigned their idea through posters and talks at school assemblies.

“About 18 students from the Green team spoke to the canteen and the principal and they were both happy to convert and support the idea,” she said.

“We sourced the price of cups, ordered them and the use of them has since been gradually phased in. By the end of this term we will be plastic cup-free.”

Ms Drew said students volunteered to be part of this group and were involved in environmental activities from gardening to recycling.

She said every child from Year 3 to 6 had made a pledge to reduce their use of plastics this month.

“Our Green team is running a workshop to show different ways to reduce plastic and workshops on how to reuse material rather than dispose them,” she said.

“We’ve also introduced our own school namesake reusable cups rather than using the polystyrene and plastic cups”.

Ms Drew said the Green team’s next goal was to get rid of plastic straws completely and start a Straw No More campaign.

The school is sourcing paper straws.