Litter is a very visible problem – it’s easy to see how a playground full of crisp packets, drinks containers and chocolate bar wrappers can give a bad impression of the whole school. By carrying out regular litter surveys and making sure the grounds are rubbish free, both pupils and the local community will quickly notice improvements in the school’s appearance and image. The involvement of the pupils in cleaning up the school environment will also help raise a sense of personal pride and responsibility.
Litter causes significant damage to our wildlife and environment, the effects of which are often long-lasting and extend far beyond where the problem originates. Threats to wildlife from litter include animals becoming trapped, which can lead to starvation, mistaking litter for food, injury and food poisoning. Litter in our streets can eventually make its way into waterways and the marine environment where materials, such as plastic, break down over time but never quite disappear, creating ‘plastic oceans’ which are ingested by fish and other marine life and end up in the food chain.
To tackle litter at school we investigate the issue regularly, developing actions and maintaining activities to improve the environment. We regularly partake in litter picks and Year 6 always complete a beach clean during their residential visit. We have distributed leaflets in our community to encourage prevention. We know that litter belongs in the correct bin. We pick it up and bin it wherever we can, whenever it is safe! Our actions are based on the following principles
The Eco-Schools objectives in this topic area are to: