• Trees grow in schools from recycled plastic

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    Trees grow in schools from recycled plastic

    A plastic recycling project at the 3M Gorseinon manufacturing site has led to some 150 young trees being planted in the grounds of three Swansea primary schools.

    Trees grow in schools from recycled plastic

    A plastic recycling project at the 3M Gorseinon manufacturing site has led to some 150 young trees being planted in the grounds of three Swansea primary schools.

    Trees grow in schools from recycled plastic

    A plastic recycling project at the 3M Gorseinon manufacturing site has led to some 150 young trees being planted in the grounds of three Swansea primary schools.

    • The project was completed with the help of 3M’s specialist suppliers MGS Technical Plastics and created £8,000 in savings that have been donated to the charity Earth Restoration Services, which runs a tree nursery programme for schools.

      Among the schools to benefit are Penllergaer Primary School, Tre Uchaf Primary School and Casllwchwr Primary School in Swansea.

      Liz Brown, a teacher and eco co-ordinator at Penllergaer Primary School, said the school was honoured to be involved in the project. "Our school has thriving Eco and Gardening Clubs and we are fortunate to have extensive grounds," she explained.

      "The new trees provide valuable learning experiences and will enrich our school curriculum for all our pupils through the stages of planting and then nurturing the saplings."

      Neil Garrity, MGS manufacturing director, said: "As a UK manufacturer, we have a duty to work towards reducing waste and carbon emissions and we were really proud to support 3M with this waste management programme."

      Three volunteers from the 3M Gorseinon site planted 50 saplings at Penllergaer Primary School with the enthusiastic help of children from the school’s Eco and Gardening Clubs.

      Among the 3M volunteers was site manager Paul Hind, who commented: "We were delighted that the recycling project prevented the plastic trays having to go to landfill and that the savings could be used to support environmental education in our local schools."