St Anne's School in Alderney gets Plastic Free Status

Credit: States of Guernsey

St Anne's School in Alderney achieves Plastic Free Status.

The school achieved the Plastic Free Status by completing numerous objectives, including lobbying Haribo, Coca Cola and Walkers to ask what they are doing about the amount of plastic that is thrown away.

The objectives have been set by the organisation Surfers Against Sewage:

  • Holding ‘Trash Mobs’ on the school site, at local beaches and in the wider island during activities week to remove plastic and litter from the community

  • Lobbying the States of Alderney and companies such as Haribo, Coca Cola and Walkers to ask them what they were doing about the amount of plastic found discarded

  • Stopping the use of plastic milk and water bottles in the school, and reducing the amount of plastic in lunch boxes

  • Recycling crisp packets

  • Hosting an assembly to secondary pupils about reducing plastics in school and the wider island.

  • Introducing Darla the Dolphin to younger pupils, a soft toy being used to help explain the harmful effects of single use plastics

In a letter to parents, St Anne's Headteacher said the students have made a "real impression" in the process of the island becoming plastic free.

Guernsey States says the programme aims to "equip and empower" young people to "play an active part in changing their environment".

The school has been supported by Alderney Wildlife Trust, the Alderney Farm Shop, Alderney Shipping and the States of Alderney to achieve its status.