Litter-acy competitions

Litter-acy competitions

#GBSpringClean litter-acy competition for primary and secondary schools is now open 

After the phenomenal success of last year’s #GBSpringClean, with over 1,500 tonnes of litter collected, it’s back – March 2-4 –  sign up now. To support the campaign we are running two fantastic litter-acy competitions for schools.

Primary creative writing competition

The challenge is simple … to write a short poem about litter.

From a haiku to a limerick,
a sonnet to an acrostic,
any type of poem is fine,
it doesn’t even have to rhyme. 

National winners from KS1 and KS2 will be published in a Keep Britain Tidy ‘Litter Book of Poems’.

KS3 and above – persuasive writing competition

The challenge is to write an article on the impact of litter and why we shouldn’t be embarrassed to pick it up (max 500 words). Pupils should consider their audience and whether they are writing to argue, persuade or advise.
Winning articles will be published on the Keep Britain Tidy and the Eco-Schools websites and in a national publication.

How to get involved

Please submit your competition entries using our downloadable templates (primary and secondary) via email to by Friday 16 March. Include your name, school, age, address and contact phone number.

Don’t forget, if you are an Eco-School (or would like to become one) then getting involved in these competitions (and the #GBSpringClean) can be used as evidence for the litter topic when applying for your Green Flag. It will also  support the steps – linking to the Curriculum, informing & involving and monitoring & evaluating.