Progress towards making Monmouthshire a plastic-free county takes a great leap forward this autumn term with a return to school milk in glass bottles. Following a robust supplier appraisal the council has recently awarded its contract to Raglan Dairy and milk for all Key Stage One schoolchildren will be delivered in glass bottles to be collected after use, sterilised and re-used. As an added benefit, the dairy sources all its milk from within 30 miles of its base in Raglan.
School milk has been delivered in third-pint plastic bottles for a number of years and in Monmouthshire this amounts to 11,500 bottles a week, or a whopping 437,000 every year! Although some of these are recycled, the council has acknowledged the damage single-use plastics cause to the environment and to marine life. As a result, it has made a commitment towards becoming plastic-free by reducing all unnecessary plastic use.
Councillor Richard John, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:
“The council has made a commitment to working towards becoming a plastic-free county and that means getting our own house in order by reducing unnecessary single-use plastics. Moving to glass bottles for school milk will prevent an enormous amount of waste each year.”
James Durose of Raglan Dairy, added:
“We are delighted to have secured the contract to supply school milk to Monmouthshire’s schools, and are pleased to be able to contribute to a reduction in plastic waste.”