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Sir Richard Leese visits Oasis Academy Harpur Mount as they write letters on plastic waste

Pupils and staff from Oasis Academy Harpur Mount received an important visitor to the Academy earlier on this week after the children wrote important letters about plastic waste in the ocean.

Oasis Academy Harpur Mount, situated in the heart of Harpurhey in Greater Manchester had a visit from Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council after pupils wrote letters conveying their worries and concerns about the huge amounts of discarded plastic containers, bottles and carrier bags currently in our seas and oceans, killing sea life, birds, and damaging the planet.

On 20th May, they received a letter addressed to Principal, Kathy Maskell from Manchester City Council on behalf of Sir Richard Leese wanting to visit the Academy.

Within the letter, it read; “Sir Richard would welcoming a visit to the school to discuss this topic [plastic waste in the oceans]. He would like to hear their ideas and he’d also like the opportunity to update the pupils on Manchester’s approach towards tacking this major issue.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, commented on his visit to the Academy, saying; “Single use plastics are one of the biggest problems we face. Our children are a key driver to change all of our behaviour and to ensure they have a sustainable future.”

Information provided by Plastic Oceans say; Plastic pollution is crippling the earth’s ecosystems. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year. Our addiction to single-use is to blame.

How does the plastic get into our oceans?

Plastic is light and is easily blown into water sources. This plastic can come from people mindlessly dropping their litter in the street to litter blown from landfill sites. Our towns and cities are designed to drain water from the streets to prevent flooding. These extensive waterways transports plastic waste through drainage systems ending up in canals, rivers and eventually the sea.

Waste Management

Research shows that 50% of the ocean’s plastic originates from just give countries – China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Many countries around the world transport waste to these countries who recycle some more valuable plastics such as PET, the plastic that water bottles are made from. The unwanted plastic is dumped in poorly managed landfill sites, leaving much of the plastic at risk of ending up in the sea.