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Scottish Schools Receive Support From National Litter Campaign

Young people encouraged to tackle litter in their communities. Early years establishments and additional support needs schools across Scotland have been awarded financial support as part of the 2018 national Wrigley Litter Less campaign, to support their involvement in tackling Scotland’s rising litter blight and keeping Scotland beautiful.

With litter levels across the country at their highest in a decade, children and young people Scotland-wide are helping to tackle the problem by rolling up their sleeves, getting their hands dirty and cleaning up their communities by designing innovative programmes to tackle the litter problem on their doorsteps.

Litter Less funding is being distributed to 31 registered schools and early years establishments in 19 of Scotland’s local authority areas - which will each receive £200 to support their local litter campaigns over the next year.

The funding was announced at Isobel Mair School in Newton Mearns - where pupils and teachers gathered to celebrate how the grant will help them to develop their own community litter campaign - encouraging a reduction in litter being dropped and engaging pupils in adopting long term positive litter behaviour.

Hazel McKinnon, Principal Teacher at Isobel Mair School, said: “We are delighted to be part of this extremely worthwhile initiative and look forward to developing local litter campaigns within the school. All the pupils and staff at Isobel Mair are committed to recycling more and reducing the amount litter created within the school. We have already been considering how we can cut down on the amount of litter and non-recyclable materials produced by the school and the wider community. So we are excited to be starting a campaign to eradicate single-use plastic materials from the school, which will support our litter-free ambitions as well as educating our pupils on the importance of recycling.”

Daniel Schaffer, CEO of the Foundation for Environmental Education, added: “The Litter Less Campaign is a textbook example of how positive collaboration between the corporate world and a respected charity can realise a shared vision. We highly appreciate the long-term partnership with the Wrigley Company Foundation and we are extremely grateful for the possibility of moving the Litter Less Campaign forward in Scotland.”

Litter Less is an annual campaign organised by the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) and sponsored by the Wrigley Company Foundation and is delivered in 12 countries worldwide

In Scotland, the campaign has been delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful as part of the Eco-Schools Scotland programme for the past five years.  

Have a look at our Litter Less Campaign webpage for more information about the campaign and stories from participating schools.

 

 

 

31 January 2018

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