Scottish nurseries receive support from national litter campaign

Scottish nurseries receive support from national litter campaign

Youngsters encouraged to tackle litter in their communities

Early years establishments and additional support need schools from across Scotland have been awarded financial support as part of the 2018 national Wrigley Litter Less campaign, which is set 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.

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.”

Litter Less is an annual campaign organised in Scotland by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) and sponsored by the Wrigley Company Foundation. Litter Less activities will run throughout the whole year and are being delivered as part of Eco-Schools programmes in 12 countries worldwide, including Scotland.

Anne Vela-Wagner, Wrigley Company Foundation Executive Director, said:
“The Wrigley Company Foundation is proud of the positive transformation that has occurred in schools and communities around the world through the Litter Less campaign. Teaching students to be leaders and work to change littering behaviour and improve their communities is the strength of the programme”.

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 funding is being distributed to 31 registered schools and early years nurseries across 19 of Scotland’s local authority areas – which will each receive £200 to support their local litter campaigns. Further information on the recipients can be found here and an image from the launch here.

Keep Scotland Beautiful has been running the campaign for five years, and in that time 121 schools have participated.

Jean Fyfe, Charity Trustee with Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:

“With Scotland facing rising litter levels it is vital that we involve young people in the campaign to keep Scotland beautiful. The Litter Less initiative is very successful in engaging young people and helping them understand the problems caused by littering, how to dispose of it safely and what they can do to help make their school, home and wider environment litter free zones now and in the future.”

Further details and case studies from previous Litter Less activities can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/litterless

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