Scouts learn council’s role in preventing plastic pollution

In their bid to break the cycle of plastic pollution, Towcester Scouts visited the South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) waste and recycling depot recently.

Published: Thursday, 18th July 2019

In April 2019 the Scouts Northamptonshire Avoid Plastic Pollution, or the SNAPP campaign, was launched across the county.

The campaign was inspired by predictions that at the current rate plastic items could out number fish by 2050.

Kathy Isaac, Scout leader and SNC housing support worker accompanied the group during the tour around the council Tove Depot.She said: “The guys at the depot were excellent. They gave up their free time to stay after a long and physical shift on kerbside collections.

“It was a real eye opener for the young people. It’s easy to take for granted that recycling goes out in the morning and it’s gone by the time you get back from school.

“They don’t necessarily think about the millions of pounds worth of lorries it takes to collect recycling from 40,000 homes or that it costs £350 for a replacement tyre.

“I really think what they learned about what the council does to recycle plastic waste will help them come up with their own ideas for what they can do to break the cycle of plastic pollution.”

Young people also learned that recycling from the blue bins is sent to a recycling centre in Leicester where it is sorted and sent to various companies where it is reused.