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Primary pupils take on Stortford's plastic problem

The perils of plastic prompted pupils at a Bishop’s Stortford primary school to take to the streets.

Year 5 youngsters at Windhill21 decided to launch a community clean-up. They planned a series of litter-picks in problem areas across the town.

Spokeswoman Gemma Paine said: “We believe that everyone has a voice and can make a difference, so, after learning about the dangers of littering and the effects of plastics on the environment, the children felt it was their duty to make a difference to their local community.

“Not only were they hoping to collect litter, but the children were aiming to set a positive example for other children and adults they met and hoped to educate them about the dangers of litter and how to help to keep the environment safe. They created information fliers and leaflets, and took to the streets ready to make a difference.

“Members of the public were astounded by the positive attitudes and confidence of the children as they canvassed passers-by and drummed up support for the cause they were so passionately working for."

As a result of bags of litter being collected, sorted and recycled, the children intend to continue their campaign over the coming weeks.

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