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Plastic pollution in Europe

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Two schools with a long-standing school partnership of over 20 years looked at the impact that leaving the EU will have on the European scientific community and policies on the environment.

Who: Carmel College, Darlington & Gustav-Heinemann Gesamtschule, Mülheim
Participants: 15 British and 15 German pupils (travelling)
Age: 14-16 years
Grant received: Flexible Funding

Plastic pollution in Europe

Carmel College, in Darlington, worked with their German partner, Gustav Heinemann Gesamtschule in Mülheim an der Ruhr last summer, to evaluate environmentally friendly plastic-waste solutions in their European science project.

While hosting their German partners, both UK and German pupils carried out practical work on breaking down synthetic plastics in science lessons and discussed easier solutions for this in mixed groups. They compared them to bioplastics. Both groups looked at the need for the public to be more aware of these issues and evaluate European guidelines for recycling plastics. Throughout the project, they analysed the environmental impact of plastic waste.

During the visit, UK and German pupils visited the River Tees and carried out a plastics and biodiversity survey of the local surroundings. Pupils also analysed the data that they collected and debated the responsibilities and challenges of recycling in both countries. The young people then rounded off the project with a ‘conference-style presentation’ to local MPs, press, parents and staff.

Both groups were able to share their project outcomes after the return visit in autumn last year!


This project was supported by the Flexible Funding Scheme –Our future in Europe - maintaining the UK-German connection.