A lot of schools start with tackling a litter problem in the school early in their Eco-Schools journey. It is really visible and it is something that all ages of children can easily get involved with, so it is a good starting point for schools that have a problem with litter.
Litter can be tackled in your school in many different ways. This can include raising awareness in class and at assemblies, also appointing litter monitors to check/advise pupils not to drop litter.
Host a high impact assembly
Get backing from the Head Teacher that your eco-committee can collect a sample of litter from the school grounds. You can use assemblies to show the littler that has been collected by pouring it out over a sheet or newspaper in front of the rest of school, the pupils can then explain how long the different items take to biodegrade and how old the students will be when each item has biodegraded
Conduct class checks
Before each class ends, teachers should look around the room and ask their pupils to pick up any litter left on floors and tables.
Get press coverage
One of the most important ways to ensure your tidy up is a success is to attract the support and involvement of the local media. Or what about writing a blog for your school website to inform parents about your good work?
Recruit litter pickers
At the end of an assembly or class ask pupils when they would be interested in joining a regular litter-pick of the school grounds. Help pupil to reduce litter but also encourage recycling, at least 60% of what is dropped as litter is recyclable!
- Hold a litter pick
- Litter picking patrols, year 4 children at lunch time go litter picking to earn “virtual money which they spend on a trip in the summer
- Participate in a “Big Tidy Up” event happening in your area
Other activities and case studies from Eco-Schools can be found on both the Eco-Schools website and the Pod website. Don’t forget you can contact your local Green Flag Ambassador school for advice too.
For a range of lessons to help combine litter topic with the curriculum visit the Eco-Schools website
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