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The Great Big School Clean

This year we have been absolutely blown away by the support from teachers and pupils for the Great Big School Clean. With almost 2,000 schools signed up, the enthusiasm and excitement it has generated has exceeded all our expectations. However, our first priority is to make sure everyone stays safe and well so we have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Great Big School – to run alongside the rescheduled Great British September Clean – from September 11 – 27.

11th September – 27th September 2020

We are hoping that all nurseries and schools that have already signed-up will extend their support and take part in the rescheduled School Clean in September. If you do decide to continue to support the Great Big School Clean, you do not need to update us on your new clean-up dates, we just ask that you reschedule your planned activity for the autumn term. If you no longer want to participate in the Great Big School Clean you can contact us at and we will remove your clean-up activity.

If you have not already registered for the Great Big School Clean you can do so by clicking below. Upon registration your nursery will receive an EYFS Seven Step #GBSchoolClean teaching guide and other resources such as a litter picking homework to help with Step 5 informing and involving.

AND… if your school or nursery takes part in the Great Big School Clean, you could be in with the chance of winning £1,000 in education equipment, thanks to our campaign partner Wilko. Terms and conditions apply, visit our Keep Britain Tidy website to find out more, we are currently reviewing the competition and will provide further details in due course.

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Other Ideas

Need more ideas? Here are some of our favourite links to help you work on our Litter topic.

Helping Hand Environmental

If you want to purchase litter picking equipment for your school or nursery, we recommend ordering from Helping Hand Environmental using our School Order Form. Helping Hand provides a range of customisable litter picking equipment in a variety of sizes and designs including smaller litter pickers suitable for even the youngest Eco-Committee members. Using our order form entitles you to discounts and helps support the Eco-Schools programme.

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Waste Services, Local Authorities

Waste services at many local authorities will offer to loan schools litter picking equipment, help organise a litter pick or deliver assemblies in schools. You can search for your local authority online or find your contact on our LEA Support page.

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Litter Topic Winner, Eco-Schools Award Ceremony

Catherine Junior School in Leicester are expert litter pickers, leading the Wrigley Litter Less campaign in Leicester.

Read Catherine Junior School’s story here


Balloon and Lantern Release Statement

We know that balloon releases have been a traditional way to celebrate special achievements or events, but our attitudes towards them need to change. ‘Biodegradable’ balloon or lantern releases in schools are not part of our ethos and will be challenged. Please use our Plastic Alternatives Guide for other ideas to balloon or lantern releases, glitter and single use plastics in schools.

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