Bystander effect: the theory that not only are we reluctant to be the first to act, but the greater the number of people not doing something, the more we feel we do not have to either.

Fact: The rat population has boomed to 60m due to the huge amounts of litter around, this means there are now almost as many rats as people in the UK.

Use our Litter Pinterest to find ideas to reuse the ‘clean’ litter you have collected

Balloon & Lantern Releases
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 replace balloon and lantern releases, glitter and single use plastics in schools.

The Great Big School Clean

Many people unfairly believe that teenagers are the most common type of ‘litter bystander’ – prove them wrong!

Sign up to our Great Big School Clean 22nd March 2019 and show the local community (and your peers) that you care and will act.

Sign up and take part in the Great Big School Clean and your school could be in with a chance of winning £1,000 of equipment, thanks to our headline sponsor Wilko…

All you have to do to enter the competition is register your school?s clean-up. The winning school will also have the chance to take part in a filming session with Wilko. Terms and conditions apply and are available on our Keep Britain Tidy website

Download your Secondary Seven Step Guide to the #GBSchoolClean and Great Big School Clean Assembly PowerPoint

Other Actions

Plogging: litter picking whilst jogging. Linking the Litter and Healthy Living topics in one action!

Are you (or is one of your teachers) a Keep Britain Tidy #LitterHeroes


School Examples

Birchwood High, Warrington

On the 2nd April 2019, Birchwood Community High's Eco-Committee took part in Keep Britain Tidy's "The Great Big School Clean." The Committee organised a day of activities that focused on the impact of litter on the environment. For Eco-Schools Step 5: Informing and Involving they invited year 4 students from a local primary school to join them. The first half of the day was spent litter picking in and around the school site: 32 people were involved (a mixture of Committee members, primary school pupils and volunteers). In total 100kg of litter was collected including 358 crisp packets, some of which were 11 years old! In the second half of the day they learnt about how litter can impact our oceans and how long it takes for different types of litter to biodegrade. While these activities were taking place, in whole-school citizenship lessons pupils learnt about the impact of litter on the ocean and how to solve the litter problem by following reduce, reuse, recycle.

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