Spring Clean Week 2024

Timed with the start of our Spring Clean Campaign, this year’s week of lessons will look into more unusual types of waste, and will focus on how the 3Rs can help us tackle litter and waste at its origin.

We are grateful to our partners from the Scottish Government and Scottish Book Trust for their support in making this week of lessons happen.




Activities for the week:

As part of Spring Clean 2024, we would like to invite participating classes to join us in making Scotland cleaner:

  • Adopt a favourite place to look after during the week, either in your school or in your community, and carry out litter picks.
  • Record your litter pick in our Litter League schools competition and help your Local Authority area claim the trophy!
  • Take a photo or record a <3 minute long video telling us about your favourite or adopted place and what you’re doing to look after it.


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Lesson 1: It's Only One

We will kick start our Spring Clean Campaign joined by the amazing Welsh author Tracey Corderoy and her book ‘It’s Only One’.  Tracey’s lesson will combine reading her book and having a conversation with us, where we will find out from how one becomes an author to why did she want to write a book about litter.

Lesson 2: Binbag Autopsy

As the first step in solving a litter problem is finding out what is being dropped and where it’s coming from, on Tuesday we will do a live demonstration of how to do a ‘Binbag Autopsy’.

Lesson 3: School Canteen Waste

Through this lesson we will look at different types of waste that can be produced through school canteens and potential ways to manage them. This will cover looking at paper, plastic and compostable containers, wooden and compostable cutlery, ideas for reducing food going into waste.  

Lesson 4: How Can We Reduce Waste?

Our friends from Ostrero will join us on this lesson to discuss how to identify ways to cutting waste at school, using their knowledge gained through their programme Making Circles.  The resource discussed in this lesson can be found in the resource folder for Spring Clean Week 2024 linked at the top of this page. 


An opportunity to go over what we have learned throughout the week and to display the work and images that schools have shared with us throughout the week.

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