The Bridge Enrichment Programme – Recycling and Upcycling Plastic Waste.
At The Bridge we are doing our bit to save the planet – one plastic bottle at a time.
Every hour, people throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles. Among them, only 15% are recycled and 80% end up in landfills. The rest enter the rivers and oceans, which seriously affects the environment and organisms of the ocean. It takes up to 1000 years for plastic bottles to decompose and each bottle leaks harmful chemicals into our environment as it decomposes. One study suggests as much as 53 million tonnes of plastic could end up in rivers and oceans by the end of the decade.
Recycling and upcycling plastics must be embraced to try to reverse these trends which are endangering our planet. As part of the Enrichment Programme, students at The Bridge will research, discuss and write about the dangers to the environment of dumping plastic waste.
Students will be recycling and upcycling plastic bottles and other plastic waste in a number of interesting and creative ways:
Turning plastic bottles into eco-bricks to build borders in The Bridge garden.
Using plastic bottles to make garden planters, mini water butts and bird feeders.
Using plastic bottles to make attractive desk tidies and decorative containers for sweets or biscuits.
Turning plastic bottles into “Green Bling” – pretty and fashionable bangles.