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Industrial Visit by Coleg Cambria and Plastic Waste Update

Gary Abnett who is a Uniformed Public Services Lecturer at Coleg Cambria, who are recently officially rated as excellent by Ofsted Inspectors, came to spend the day at Ecodek as part of his professional development in relation to Welsh Baccalaureate Challenges he is working on with his Level 3 Uniformed Public Services learners at Deeside campus.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Global challenge relates to global issues around pollution of our oceans, seas and waterways specifically to plastics and the effect they are having on wild life and the environment.

Russel Williams, Quality Manager had introduced Gary to staff and the processes where he visited all aspects of our operation,

Gary really enjoyed his day at Ecodek, and took time to thank all of the friendly staff who took time out to explain processes to him. He was really impressed by the Ecodek ethos on recycling and waste prevention and wished us all great success in furthering the cause of recycling and reduction of plastics impact on our environment.

Gary’s students have been working on researching plastics pollution and options for reduction and prevention, which is where comes in with our use of recycled plastics in the form of nurdles and their drive toward zero waste as part of the processes that they engage in.

plastics pollution and options for reduction and prevention

Gary’s students have been working on researching plastics pollution and options for reduction and prevention

Gary’s students had presented their research and findings in a Global Pollution Seminar, which was held in Deeside campus main lecture theatre on Thursday 15th March which is our feature photo.

Gary has expressed a wish to form an educational link to ecodek next year where we might be able to collaborate more closely on projects such as beach cleaning and plastics removal.

 

Talking of plastic waste, it’s great news to hear that international sandwich shop chain Pret A Manger are offering customers a 50p discount on the price of a hot drink if they bring their own mug in the bid to reduce waste and help change habits.

Restaurant chain Wagamama are also jumping on the band wagon and are the latest restaurant chain to announce that from 22nd April when Earth Day takes place, they are no longer providing customers with plastic straws.

 

Personally I’ve been doing my bit for the environment and last week my friends and I took part in a litter clean. My friend John Ryder, Director at Solartech Installations, who are a solar energy equipment supplier, walks his dog often through a footpath off the A5152 in Rhostyllen, Wrexham leading to Erddig Park. He noticed how untidy the area was and asked us to help him clear up the footpath.

Plastic Cleanups

The footpath leading towards Erddig after the clean up.

We all couldn’t believe in such a short distance the amount of litter we had collected including cans, plastic bottles and plastic waste and in total collected 13 bags of rubbish.

13 bags of rubbish.

In total we collected 13 bags of rubbish.

I felt so shocked of how much rubbish we had collected but felt proud to take part. It was rewarding to see the area was clear of litter when we had finished after an hour or two.

organised litter clean

Why not take part in an organised litter clean and help the wildlife at the same time.

Check out my video message which I have uploaded to YouTube about litter in the countryside.

Have you taken part in a litter clean?   Leave us a comment in the comments field below.


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