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'Fantastic' students a step ahead of gov't, says Quayle

Petition presented to chief minister

The chief minister admits government is a step behind in its efforts to make the Island's schools plastic free.

Five students from Ramsey Grammar handed a petition to Howard Quayle this afternoon, in an appeal to help them rid their school of plastic bottles.

According to figures released by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, nearly 250,000 bottles are consumed in the Island's secondary schools every year. 

Mr Quayle, who says he's 'delighted' with the interest shown by the pupils, believes there will be ways to offset the £20,000 made in the sales of bottled drinks.

He also pledged to work with both the education and infrastructure departments, to roll out more drinking fountains across the Island's schools:

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