UK based environmental education organisation 'Wastebuster' has teamed up with Recycle Now to launch the challenge which is designed to motivate young people and their families to reduce plastic use and recycle.

Chichester District Council, as a member of the West Sussex Waste Partnership, is backing the challenge and is urging all of the primary schools in the district to take part.

Schools can access a range of great resources to explore plastic and recycling in the classroom and will be invited to ask their children to design a plastic pollution poster.

The winning designs will be made into a customised design on a refillable drinking water bottle.

Councillor Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Residents' Services and Councilolr John Connor, Cabinet Member for Environment Services are supporting the challenge.  

"Reducing and recycling plastic is such an important issue for so many people at the moment so this challenge has come at the right time" says Cllr John Connor.

"The Plastic Planet Challenge is a fun and engaging way for children to find out how they can prevent plastic pollution and motivate their families to do the same."

In addition, the West Sussex Waste Partnership will be selecting their favourite designs from the West Sussex entries and award the winners with the following prizes:

  • Key Stage 1 -  composting/gardening kits for the winners class,
  • Key Stage 2 - a fully funded trip for a year group, to their state-of-the-art recycling facility, based in Ford (includes transport).

Schools can find out more about  the challenge

Cllr Roger Barrow added: "In the Chichester District we are recycling more than ever, and by encouraging children to take part in this challenge we hope to continue this trend and inspire the next generation to take care of the environment and prevent plastic pollution in years to come."