The shocking images of plastics damaging the world’s oceans aired by the Blue Planet II team on their final episode has left most of us wanting to do more to protect the environment.

Years one and two at  Ysgol yr Hafod in Johnstown were no different and they started to look at the effects of plastics on the environment and how it impacts animals and humans. They also wanted to know what was happening in their own area and to learn the impact it has on our local environment and so they decided to contact their local councillor to find out more.


Their local councillor, who also happens to be the Lead Member for the Environment and Transport, promptly arranged a visit to Wrexham’s Recycling Facility run by FCC on the Industrial Estate. Once there they could see for themselves how much plastic was collected and recycled in Wrexham and how they could do their bit by using recycling bins when they were available.

Cllr David A Bithell, local councillor for Johnstown and Chair of Governors at the school went with the children and said after the visit: “The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I would like to thank FCC and our own recycling staff for their help. Learning about waste, recycling and how to manage a sustainable service will give them valuable lessons for the future that I hope they will take away with them and use at every opportunity.”

Cllr Bithell added: “It’s also encouraging to see large companies starting to question their use of plastics and I hope that n the near future there will be really positive moves from the retail trade to make sustainable changes to their use of plastic.”

Any other school who wishes to make arrangements to visit the recycling centre please contact John Walsh, 01978 729733 or email

The visit will be free but schools will have to pay their own transport costs. Places are limited.

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