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School’s victory in ‘war on plastics’.

PUBLISHED: 06:50 18 February 2020 | UPDATED: 06:50 18 February 2020

Northgate High School in Dereham has been awarded the Eco Champion Mark. Picture: Northgate

Northgate High School in Dereham has been awarded the Eco Champion Mark. Picture: Northgate

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A major victory has gone to the students at a Norfolk school as part of its ‘war on plastics’.

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Northgate High School in Dereham has been awarded the Eco Champion Mark in recognition of its success in the campaign, which has involved dramatically reducing the amount of crisp packet, plastic pen and bottle waste it produces.

Eco Champion spokesman Simon Dolby said: "The enthusiasm and passion of the school council has created community momentum for its pen and crisp packet recycling schemes, as well as generating real change in the dining hall on the school site to cut use of plastics."

The campaign has included a 'bottle free Friday' scheme which aims to cut the sale of 9,000 plastic bottles over the year. More than 110kg of pens and more than 112kg of crisp packets have already been recycled as part of the school's 'war on plastics', and proceeds from the recycling go to support Cancer Research UK.

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