Plastics: What you're doing to help during recycle week

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This week is Recycle Week and we want to know how you're getting involved.

Plastics are used every day in lots of different ways but there is a problem once they've been used and thrown away.

The issue is that plastics don't break down or rot in the same way that other materials do. The pieces just get smaller and smaller.

It's thought that 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans every year.

This can harm sea life and is very bad for the environment.

Governments and people around the world have started to take action to fix the problem. We want to know what you are doing and what you think of recycling.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by U17015256

    26 Sep 2018 19:47
    Protect our world
  • Comment number 8. Posted by U17157758

    26 Sep 2018 16:28
    rubish is bad for the sea
  • Comment number 7. Posted by Slimestarseren

    25 Sep 2018 19:00
    My school no longer use plastic for hardly anything! All the food is served on a reusable plate and we have normal reusable cutlery!
  • Comment number 6. Posted by Brownie Pony Writer Scientist

    25 Sep 2018 18:34
    My primary school have stopped using:

    Disposable plastic cups (for drinks at lunch)
    Disposable plastic bags (for purchasabe snacks at break)
    Disposable plastic fish and chip boxes (to serve friday fish and chips in)
    And more besides!

    Our eco council are working extra hard to reduce waste!

    [Personal details removed by Moderator]
  • Comment number 5. Posted by Official Newsround

    25 Sep 2018 7:42
    At school and at home if I find plastic on the floor I put it in the recycling.
    Oscar, 10, Bristol
  • Comment number 4. Posted by Official Newsround

    24 Sep 2018 15:20
    Coopersale Hall School

    We have been helping children in Year 6 to sort recyclable plastic during our lunchtimes.
  • Comment number 3. Posted by Official Newsround

    24 Sep 2018 15:19
    Milano, 9

    I'm using two bins at my house one for plastic stuff to be recycled and the other food waste
  • Comment number 2. Posted by Official Newsround

    24 Sep 2018 15:19
    P2, Kirkhill Primary School

    Primary 2 in Kirkhill Primary school have been working hard on a plastic pollution enterprise topic. The children worked very hard to create a business to help reduce plastic pollution. They came up with a business plan, pitch and organised a Garden Party with friends and families. At this Garden Party primary 2 sold products items made out of recycled plastic. They managed to make £643 which will be donated to The Marine Conservation Society to support them in cleaning plastic up from our oceans.
  • Comment number 1. Posted by Official Newsround

    24 Sep 2018 15:18
    Year 4, Lyndhurst School:

    We make sure we recycle as much of the materials we use in order to help the environment in the proper bins.We reuse as much as we can - e.g. reusing a plastic water bottle. We reuse plastic objects as toys using our imagination. We pick rubbish up from the floor when in public and recycle what we can. We try to use as many materials that can be recycled as we can. We learn as much as we can about the problem so that we can help to solve it.