Making waves to Reduce Plastic at the Suffolk Show

Making waves to Reduce Plastic at the Suffolk Show

The Recycle for Suffolk stand looked absolutely amazing at this year’s Suffolk show, thanks to the 46 giant pieces of artwork made from by Suffolk school and groups. All to promote the reduction of single use plastics and highlight the problem of plastics in the environment, a subject close to all our hearts.

19 schools from all over Suffolk, 3 brownie/guide groups and a library rose to the challenge by creating some truly wonderful sea creatures - ‘making waves to reduce plastic’ by raising awareness to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics in their school communities.

Along with ‘Plastopus’ our giant plastic octopus, the outside of the tent looked extremely colourful and inviting, encouraging a constant stream of visitors over the two days. In excess of 1000 people visited the stand each day, with many people saying that our stand was the best in the show!

Mark Murphy was a big fan of the stand and we were interviewed live for BBC Radio Suffolk. The tent was bustling with interactive activities, including a virtual reality dive with a whale, ocean rescue fishing game, mini recycling centre, craft activities and plastic pledge quiz to name but a few.

The Suffolk Waste Partnership worked with our contractors; Viridor who manage the MRF (where Suffolk’s recycling bins get sorted), FCC who manage Suffolk’s 11 Recycling Centres and Suez who manage the energy from waste facility (where Suffolk’s non-recyclable rubbish is used to produce electricity), alongside our master composter volunteers and the Suffolk Nappy Network. It gave us all a great opportunity to talk face to face to Suffolk residents about all things waste related!

After the show, a selection of the sea creatures were displayed at Suffolk County Council's offices. We will be returning them to schools soon, so they can carry on flying the reduce, reuse and recycle flag!

Lots more photos from the show in our Suffolk Seascape Gallery

More tweets, octopus selfies and coverage @suffolkrecycle. #makingwavestoreduceplastic

Thanks to :

Benjamin Britten Music Academy (Lowestoft), Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary, First Base (Bury St Edmunds), Ormiston Denes Academy (Lowestoft), St Joseph’s (Ipswich), Thomas Wolsey (Ipswich), The Bridge (Ipswich), Tudor (Sudbury), Somersham, Tattingstone, Hillside Special School (Sudbury), Debenham High, Sir Robert Hitcham’s (Framlingham), The Ashley School (Lowestoft), Thomas Gainsborough (Cornard), Culford Pre – Prep, Stutton, Sexton’s Manor (Bury St Edmunds), Northfield St Nicholas (Lowestoft), Gainsborough Library (Ipswich) , Ipswich Brownies and Guides and Elmswell Brownies

June 13th, 2018