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Pupils to be punished for bringing in plastic bottles.

Pupils to be punished for bringing in plastic bottles.

Pupils who bring in plastic water bottles to school could be punished in the same way as if they were caught smoking cigarettes.

Brighton College, a private school in East Sussex, will ban anyone from taking plastic water bottles, plastic straws or non-biodegradable cups onto the premises – including teachers.

Richard Cairns, headmaster at Brighton College, has said that pupils caught flouting the ban of single-use plastics on the school site could face punishments – including supervised beach-cleaning.

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