Reducing the amount of litter in your local area

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The Great Big School Clean

Eco-Schools and Keep Britain Tidy’s Great Big School Clean is back for 2021!

28th May – 13th June 2021!

This year we’re on a  #MillionMileMission. We’re asking schools to pledge how many pupils will take part and how many minutes they will litter-pick for. Then, using a slow walking pace of three miles per hour, we will calculate how many miles of litter picking your school will complete or have completed. We hope that together we can collectively complete a million miles of litter picking… or in other terms, enough litter picking to get to the moon and back twice!

The Great Big School Clean will take place from 28th May – 13th June 2021, but any litter picks completed in the meantime will also count towards our total if you enter your data. Click the link below to discover resources and pledge to pick!

Pledge to Pick!

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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