CBS students declare war on plastic bottles

By David Tucker

Published 20/05/2016 | 00:00

John Hegarty, teacher; Cllr Tony Dempsey, Chairman Wexford County Council; Ben Creane, Shane Hall, Kyle Long, Angelo Miculescu, Michael McMahon principal, CBS, and Cliona Connolly Wexford County Council.
John Hegarty, teacher; Cllr Tony Dempsey, Chairman Wexford County Council; Ben Creane, Shane Hall, Kyle Long, Angelo Miculescu, Michael McMahon principal, CBS, and Cliona Connolly Wexford County Council.

SINGLE-USE plastic water bottles could soon become a thing of the past in Wexford's schools and clubs in favour of more environmentally friendly alternatives.

And to get things moving, students in CBS Secondary School have been presented with re-useable drinks bottle as part of the initiative 'Do One More Thing'.

The green school committee, having discovered that single use items such as plastic drinks bottles were a major source of waste in the school are encouraging all students to invest in a reusable bottle.

The initiative is part of the 'Do One More Thing Campaign', which is a key element of the Southern Region Waste Management Plan that sets out a waste management framework for 10 local authority areas across the south of Ireland, including Wexford, over the next five years. Council chairman Cllr Tony Dempsey said the initiative is a simple way of encouraging all to reduce the amount of waste generated by used plastic bottles.

'Local sports clubs, recreation groups, youth clubs and schools in Wexford can all play their part in cutting down on the amount of plastic bottle waste generated, by encouraging all to consider using a reusable bottle.'

Cliona Connolly, Environment section said that last year in Ireland it's estimated that 70 million soft drinks in plastic bottles were placed on the market and about 14 million of these were bottles of water. 81 per cent of these bottles were recycled. 'Whether walking, running or using the gym, it's smart to invest in a reuseable bottle. By choosing to re-use you can save money and prevent plastic waste. Reuse will prevent plastic waste and save you money and protect the environment,' she said.

The 'Do One More Thing Campaign' forms part of the recently launched Southern Region Waste Management Plan and is funded through the Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN) of the EPA's National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP).

Under the Waste Management Plan, Wexford County Council have been set a number of key targets in relation to waste prevention activities.

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