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Schools to axe single use plastics in 2018

All schools in the Maldives will eliminate single-use plastics by by the end of 2018, the education minister said, with several schools already banning disposable plastics in their premises. Minister Dr Aishath Shiham made the pledge at a school ceremony held in Villimalé to mark the end of a reef study and awareness program run by the ministry.
Single-use plastics or disposable plastics are items like bags, straws, coffee stirrers, bottles and food packaging that are used once and thrown away.
“Since the start of March, we have started work on eliminating single-use plastics from all the schools. God willing, by the end of March, we will eliminate the use of disposable plastics,” Aishath said, according to Sun Online.
The minister said efforts were underway to find replacements for single-use plastics, such as cloth bags.
Advocacy director for Ecocare Maldives, Maeed Mohamed Zahir, welcomed the pledge by the education minister.
“Reducing plastics especially bringing an end to single-use plastic is necessary and having the initiative at school level is helpful to raise awareness and change behavioural patterns,” he told the Maldives Independent. “Schools can also work on limiting the amount of paper waste that is produced and has in-school composting practices to manage waste in-school.”

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    Dec 03, 2018 at 07:25 am

    Hi

    An encouraging story.

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