The Independent is reporting that Brighton College, a private school in East Sussex, will ban anyone from taking plastic water bottles, plastic straws or non-biodegradable cups onto the premises – including teachers.
Richard Cairns, headmaster at Brighton College, has said that pupils caught flouting the ban of single-use plastics on the school site could face punishments – including supervised beach-cleaning.
The headmaster of Brighton College will formally announce the ban – believed to be the first of its kind – at a conference at the school tomorrow. It is expected to come into effect in the autumn.
Mr Cairns will say: “We will treat plastic bottles, straws and non-biodegradable cups as anti-social, in the same way that for decades we have banned cigarettes.”
“Many pupils were really shaken by the terrible images on David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II of marine animals being strangled by plastic,” Mr Cairns said.
The private school will install extra water fountains – and it will commission refillable bottles etched with environmental messages – to ensure students can stay hydrated.
The new environmental measures may eventually include banning parents and teachers who drive diesel cars from driving onto the school site.
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