Hitchin Girls’ School mounting drive to be free of plastic waste

Hitchin Girls' School head Frances Manning, staff and students show their support for the initiative

Hitchin Girls' School head Frances Manning, staff and students show their support for the initiative. Picture: Hitchin Girls' School - Credit: Archant

Staff and students at Hitchin Girls’ School are aiming to make a bold contribution to reducing plastic waste.

From September, the school will ensure that not only is all paper and plastic waste recycled, but it will aim to be free of disposable plastics.

Rachel Campbell from the Clean Up Hitchin project has been helping the school council look at ways to accomplish this.

She said: “I’m thrilled that the girls’ school are taking such positive, important steps and am looking forward to working with them to make as much progress as we can. We will be happy to share our learning.”

Form representatives have chosen a new school skirt containing 100-per-cent recycled bottles. In the dining room, all cutlery and packaging for takeaway lunches will be replaced with biodegradable disposable alternatives within 12 weeks.

A school spokeswoman said the hope was that if successful, all this might be extended across North Herts schools.

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