Waste Wise Schools Program, in collaboration with the WMRC Earth Carers, has developed a Plastic Free July (PFJ) activity guide to help schools raise awareness about the environmental impacts of single-use plastic and how to take action. The PFJ activity guide is linked to English, Mathematics and Science in the Australian Curriculum. It is divided into three sections: Foundation to Year 2, Year 3 to Year 6 and a secondary school leadership package. Each section includes four activities teachers can complete according to their own planning timetable. The secondary school leadership package guides students through running a campaign to encourage as many students, teachers and family members to reduce the amount of plastic they use.
Single-use plastic includes all plastic packaging that’s intended only to be used once and then discarded. Refusing all single- use plastic can seem daunting, so the curriculum linked activities focus on reducing the top four - plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws and plastic lids.