Leading Organisation: CNPCD

The aim of the Plastic footprint for primary schools is to tackle in terms of quality and quantity the amount of plastic wasteproduced by primary schools in order to make aware schools–staff and students–about their impact and contribution to plastic pollution to subsequently identify corrective strategies and solutions.

The Plastic footprint will help involved primary schools in identifying problems related to plastic waste management theyshould target. The acknowledgement of the problem and the recognition of the responsibility resulting from the footprint represent the first step of the transition away from the culture of plastics disposal and single-use in order to promote, bycontrast, a more circular and sustainable attitude to waste consumption and disposal. In this way, primary schools will become the first catalyzers of waste reduction culture.

The innovative aspect of this output stands into two main aspects: the development of the footprint itself and the methodology behind its development.

With regards to the footprint, in fact, even if several footprints exist for plastics their use generally depends onindividual/familiar sense of responsibility and they do not address a broader ecosystem such as schools(My Little Plastic Footprint, Plastic Lite). The Project footprint instead will take into consideration the following hierarchy:

REFUSE–especially targeting to the 10 most found plastic waste items(2018/0172/COD), it will be necessary to first refusethe use of these single-use plastics(SUP) identifying valuable alternatives

REDUCE–when it is difficult to find out alternative strategies and materials, another option may be to reduce their consumption

REUSE–once a product has been used, it not necessarily has to become part of the waste supply. Before throwing it away,there is always the change to give it a second life 

RECYCLE–only when there are no alternatives to garbage, the golden rule is to recycle the product according to the recycle system of your country/city

Results of O1:


Plastic footprint methodology for primary schools

In Progress:

Plastic footprint App system architecture

Plastic footprint App

Teachers’ guidelines and didactical materials on how to use and implement the plastic footprint in class

Students’ guidelines on how to use the plastic footprint

Internal testing and consultation activity

1 Report on plastic audit