Post 16 students have been leading the way in the war against plastic at Macmillan Academy. A new campaign, entitled Refill not Landfill has been launched by Year 13 students Banna Faidulla and Ella-Jae Byrom, supported by Middlesbrough Environment City.
Banna and Ella-Jae explained how the campaign got started, saying 'As geography students we are naturally very passionate about the environment, and following the recent media coverage of plastic pollution we felt compelled to tackle the problem locally. We took it into our own hands to contact Middlesbrough Environment City to get help with this campaign, as well as members of staff in the academy, and we have been able to bring our idea to life. We have been working on this project since last April, and we are delighted that we have designed our own range of water bottles and coffee cups. They are now being sold to Post 16 students, and also to lower school students to reduce the single use plastic within the academy.
Following the success of this project and our engagement with Middlesbrough Environment City we are now going to represent Middlesbrough at a national project called Our Bright Future. We will be visiting the Houses of Parliament in March, as well as other conferences throughout the year. Without the support of the Post 16 team and Middlesbrough Environment City, as well as the funding we received from the academy, this project could not have gone forward, so we thank them for their incredible support'.
At Macmillan Academy Post 16 there is a wealth of opportunities to get involved. Whether it is campaigning to help save the environment, like Banna and Ella-Jae, taking part in the many sporting activities on offer, performing in the academy productions or supporting other students in their studies, the choice is yours. To see what Macmillan Academy Post 16 has to offer, as well as talk to staff and current Post 16 students, why not come along to our Open Morning on Saturday 9 February, 10.00 am until 12 noon?