Children and staff at Rannoch Nursery participated in the Wrigley Litter Less Campaign and received £250 to fund a Litter campaign in their community. Children designed their own bin and reached out to local high school pupils with as Litter Police.
The Wrigley Litter Less Campaign is a project to reduce litter and affect long-term behaviour change among young people globally.
The campaign is directed by the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE), sponsored by The Wm Wrigley Jr Company Foundation and offered by Keep Scotland Beautiful through Eco-Schools.
In 2013, many schools participating in Wrigley Litter Less decided to address Litter problems within their school grounds.
Children at Rannoch Nursery noticed there was a problem with litter and chewing gum around their nursery grounds.
They applied for a grant through the Wrigley Litter Less Campaign and were given £250 to help fund a campaign.
The team came up with the idea of design their own rubbish bin.
Staff then sat with the Eco-Committee who decided they wanted to do a competition with the 3-5 room to see who could draw the best picture for this.
Once the winning picture was chosen, the nursery contacted a company called Glasdon UK who made a bin specifically for the nursery with the picture on it.
The Eco-Committee are the ‘litter police’, and have been out when the high school pupils have been going by asking them to put their rubbish into the bin.
The bin is also being used by the nursery parents and children, and the public.
Nursery staff have worked with the local high school to discuss participation in joint projects such as Litter Police.
Vikki White, Senior Early Years Officer, says the bin has been very successful and has reduced the amount of litter seen around the nursery perimeter and in the grounds.