Bay schools join battle against plastic pollution

Plastic rubbish on beach

Menace of plastic on beach - Credit: PA

The battle against plastic is being taken up by schools in the Bay and a special poster competition.

It is aimed at helping to save the grey seals. The Rotary Club of Tormohun, in collaboration with the Brixham conservation charity, The Seal Project, is organising the competition to highlight and help reduce society’s reliance on single-use plastics.

The competition is aimed at school years years 7, 8 and 9 aims to encourage students in environmental matters through their developing artistic talents.

Rotary organiser Dr Surajit Sinha, a Consultant Surgeon at Torbay Hospital, believes the schools can play a really important part in highlighting the need to protect the environment through this competition.

He says: "This is a great cause and we are excited to see what the schools can produce."

Duncan Kenny, a trustee and marine medic with the Seal Project and the co-organizer for this competition, said: "If we can reduce our use of single use plastics and use refillable water or coffee cups we can make an incredible difference to our marine environment and in so doing help keep our local grey seals and other marine species thriving. It’s great to see our local schools leading the way”.

Paignton Zoo is kindly contributing by participating in the judging panel, providing two free tickets to one of the winners and will display the winning posters on their social media platforms.

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So far six local secondary schools have agreed to take part.

For all the details contact Geoff Coop at Tormohun Rotary Club ( geoffcoop@hotmail.com).