AN ORGANIC farm's partnership with East Ayrshire Council has tripled the number of single-use plastic pieces prevented from going to landfill.

Mauchline's Mossiel Organic Farm teamed up with the local authority back in 2021 to provide every school in East Ayrshire with their organic milk.

Last February, Mossgiel farmer Bryce Cunningham said that nearly two million pieces of plastic had been saved from going to landfill as a result of the partnership.

And in the space of just 16 months that amount has now trebled to almost six million pieces.

The farm ditched plastic completely in 2019, a move which has cut the amount of non-recyclable plastic items used in the area by around 20 million pieces in five years.

Farmer Bryce has been at the forefront of the change.Farmer Bryce has been at the forefront of the change. (Image: NQ Archive)

The milk is delivered to schools using reusable containers that are then returned to the farm was washing and getting them ready for the next trip.

Announcing the news, a member of the Mossgiel team said: "Today, every East Ayrshire school and early childhood centre has a Mossgiel vending machine or dispensing milk pails.

"This allows zero single use plastic across the council.

"Our collaboration isn't just about the Mossgiel team either - our approach means that we work together with the award winning procurement team, the catering teams, the teachers and everyone else in between to provide not just milk to schools; but a circular system that provides pure community wealth building from soil to school.

"Put it into numbers? Well, with the term finishing last Friday we were able to get the calculator out - and our collaboration has saves nearly six million bits of plastic."

"One council, one collaboration, one vision - thanks for believing in us EAC!"