Plastic in Schools Competition

Plastic in Schools


The Education Authority (EA) is inviting school pupils at Key Stage 2 (P5 to P7) and Key Stage 3 (Year 8 to Year 10) to participate in a competition to investigate the use of Single Use Plastics within their school environment.

here will be a two separate competitions, one for KS2 primary and the other for KS3 post primary schools.

Schools will be required to audit, monitor, and analyse the differing types of plastic that come into the school environment; what are their primary uses, how they are managed within the school and finally what happens to them after use.

Pupils are invited to propose innovative solutions to eliminate any or all of these single use plastics in their schools, and solutions as to how single use plastics could be re-used, that aims to avoid disposal.

Pupils should report their findings and proposed solutions in a written article and / or short (no longer than 3 minutes) video format.

To promote this project work, pupils are asked to spread their message and publicise their efforts to the widest possible internal and external audiences using all available modern media communication methods.

Schools can submit their competition entry by the closing date of Wednesday 17 April 2019 by emailing

Schools are encouraged to use existing Eco-Schools waste audit forms by logging onto the EcoSchools “School Zone” website at

                         Plastic in Schools Primary             Plastic in Schools Post Primary

Monetary prizes to be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each of the KS2 and KS3 categories sponsored by DEARA and KNIB (Eco Schools).

1st =  £500
2nd = £300
3rd =  £200

Closing Date
Wednesday the 17th April 2019.

If you have any enquiries relating to the competition please email

Further information about competition requirements can be found in the documents below.

Competition Documents

Last upated: 21/03/2019