Litter & Waste

Litter & Waste covers actions on  litter, dog fouling, flytipping, and graffiti, as well as waste minimisation actions such as recycling and composting.  We require evidence from one litter pick or survey as part of your Green Flag application. 

Classroom Activities

Litter Prevention

Marine Litter

There is a clear path from land to sea, with litter dropped on our streets and beaches ending up in our waterways and eventually in the ocean. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 80% of marine and coastal litter comes from land based activities.   

Single Use Plastics

Food Waste

Resources From Other Organisations

FIDRA - Great Nurdle Hunt

Fidra’s flagship project working to end plastic pellet pollution.

Journey of a Plastic Bag

Map the journey of a plastic bag from supermarket to ocean with this activity from Stride Magazine.

Marine Conservation Society Fun & Learning

Resources for teachers, families and young people.


Instructions and videos on how to make your own paper from Recycle Devon.

Plastic Fantastic: The Musical

Original musical on story of plastic by Helen Graham who has kindly made the musical freely available for use.

Plastic Oceans - The Facts About Plastic

Plastic Oceans are dedicated to ending plastic pollution and fostering sustainable communities worldwide.

Scottish SPCA - Litter Monster Activity

Design a Litter Monster that will help clear your local environment of all sorts of rubbish!

Sky Ocean Rescue

Sky's campaign make people aware of plastic pollution and enable change.

Stride - Waste Timeline Activity

Explore the amount of time it takes for materials to decompose in the environment.

UNEP - How You Can Beat Plastic Pollution

Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution—it's time for change!

World's Largest Lesson - Marine Litter

Lesson plan on marine litter featuring Lewis Pugh, UNEP Patron of the Oceans.

World's Largest Lesson - Understanding Sustainable Living

Lesson plan on understanding sustainability. For 11-14 years.

World's Largest Lesson - The Challenge of Finite Resources

Lesson critically evaluating consumption and production systems. For 12-19 years.

WRAP - Love Your Clothes

Love your clothes exists to reduce the impact of clothes on the environment.

Zack's Journey

A story about the journey of a plastic bag by Departement Omgeving (Eco-Schools Flanders)

Zero Waste Scotland - Working with schools

Resources to support primary and secondary litter education

Zero Waste Scotland - Resource Efficiency

eModule for educators on reducing energy, water and waste.

Zero Waste Scotland - Resource Efficiency Guide for Schools

Assess and improve your school's use of water, energy and waste.

Zero Waste Scotland - How to Waste Less

Looking to up your recycling game? What can you do about the climate crisis? Your journey starts here.

Zero Waste Scotland - Love Food Hate Waste

These lessons take the whole school on a journey to save food from the bin.

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