Primary Earth Summit

Schools from across England are invited to participate in the national Primary Earth Summit on plastic;

The Summit invites young people to consider creative and practical solutions to plastic waste and pollution, to give them an opportunity to learn about plastics as a valuable resource and the environmental impact they can have if not managed responsibly.

The 2014 Summit took place in Parliament on the 16th June, and the 20 shortlisted schools presented their ideas on tackling plastic waste to a Summit panel of political representatives, scientists, NGOs, retailers, educators and leading plastic industry representatives.

The Summit now aims to develop the winning schools ideas and engage schools nationally in plastic waste reduction activities that will be running throughout the academic year 2014/15.

Taking part is simple and easy;

Submissions for the Primary Earth Summit 2014 are now closed. Categories for the Primary Earth Summit 2017 TBC.

Summit Links with European Green Week


The Primary Earth Summit is a satellite event of European Green Week 2014 which focused this year on better waste management and the contribution it can make in helping the EU use its resources more efficiently.



Summit Links with Waste Week 2014 

This year national Waste Week, organised by EDF Energy's programme - The Pod focused on plastic (bottles) to link with the Primary Earth Summit 2014.

Make sure to sign up in September to Waste Week 2015.


Eco-Schools England Supports the Earth Summit

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Eco-Schools England are a Primary Earth Summit 2014 supporter. Managed by Keep Britain Tidy, the Eco-Schools programme has over 17,000 member schools with over 1,700 flying the internationally recognised Green Flag.

Wastebuster have created a short guide outlining the links between the Primary Earth Summit, and how taking part can support your Eco-Schools journey. Download the guide to get started.

Summit Pupil Reporters Invited to Brussels

Pupils from a Pod school were given the unique opportunity to go to Brussels to attend European Green Week (3rd-5th June 2014).

Together with Captain Busta they interviewed some of the most influential individuals in Europe regarding their thoughts and views on how we can tackle plastic waste as reporters for Wastebuster's  Green Team News - the online newspaper for school eco-teams.

Delegates included the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Poto─Źnik and Chief Executive Officer of Bayer Material Science Patrick Thomas.

Green Week 2014 satellite event Sponsors