To: Budget setter and deputy of Pymble Ladies College, P&C at St Ives High School
Revolution to reduce environmental pollution in North Shore schools
Dear PLC, Deputies and P&C at St Ives High School,
Single-use plastic wastage is a significant problem facing our society, and as members of such huge communities such as Pymble Ladies' College and St Ives High School, we have a particularly large impact - but also the chance to make a bigger improvement, and set an example to the rest of the community.
We are asking you to increase the environmental spending in the budget of schools where possible to reduce the environmental pollution at our schools. This budget would be spent on:
- Exchanging plastic cutlery, straws and single use plastic containers for a sustainable alternative (e.g. thermoplastics, eco napkins, compostable cutlery, paper straws)
- Selling reusable coffee cups to students and reducing cost of coffee when they purchase those cups
- Encouraging composting at our schools to reduce unnecessary food waste
- Increase the number of recycling bins at schools for the recyclable containers and plastic bottles to reduce the number of recyclable plastics sent to landfill
Why is this important?
Australia's recycling system is not advanced enough for the recycling of certain plastics, we are the biggest greenhouse gas polluters per head and only have a population of approximately 24 million. These unrecyclable plastics do not decompose naturally in the environment, they break up into millions of tiny pieces and attract toxic chemicals which make burning them all the more dangerous. This campaign is crucial in order to encourage and engage high school students in sustainable practices, to reduce the plastic pollution in the North Shore in order to decrease carbon footprint, to encourage environmental sustainability in the Australian culture and to find affordable, accessible alternatives that will also improve the school's future spending.