Northern Ireland Schools Take Action to Litter Less

Posted 27/10/2014 00:00:00

Tackling the tricky issue of litter is the focus of thirty local schools determined to make a difference by looking after their local environment. They have received funding from the Wrigley Jr Company Foundation to deliver a ‘Litter Less’ project with pupils in the school and their local communities. Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful are delighted to be delivering the campaign through the Eco-Schools Programme in partnership with the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Schools in Northern Ireland will be taking part along with schools from 27 other countries around the Globe to raise awareness of litter problems and encourage positive behaviour changes. The Campaign will form an important part of their Eco-Schools work as they go for the prestigious internationally recognized Green Flag award and will include practical actions like litter picking and waste reduction as well as a campaign to win hearts and minds in the battle against littering.

Alex West, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager at Wrigley UK said: “At Wrigley, we take the issue of littered gum very seriously and firmly believe that education is the only long term way to tackle it. Litter Less is a fantastic example of the work we do with partners to educate young people about looking after their local area and disposing of litter responsibly. Wrigley are delighted to be able to continue to support this work and encourage the creative and innovative approaches young people are taking to reduce litter in their communities”

Carmel Fyfe, Eco-Schools Manager, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful said: “This is the 4th year of the Litter Less Campaign which is really proving to be a great way to educate our young people further on the positive reasons for littering less. The 30 schools will be supported to implement practical actions to reduce littering and it is fantastic to see that many of the schools are planning to get the wider community involved too.”

The Campaign was launched with St Mary’s Primary School and St Colm’s High School from Draperstown. The two schools have been working together to gather litter and to protect the environment in their schools and the local Moykeeran ‘Plantin’ Park. Last year they collected 22 bags of rubbish in a combined litter pick with 83 pupils taking part. This year the two schools hope to continue to work closely together on all Eco-School projects, giving their pupils the opportunity to contribute positively to maintaining an eco-friendly environment in Draperstown.

Speaking at the launch Diarmuid Scullion Eco-Coordinator at St Mary’s Primary School said: ‘The Eco-Committees from both St. Mary’s and St. Colm’s are delighted to have this opportunity to again work together with the support of Wrigley’s during their Litter Less Campaign.  Last year proved to be hugely successful as we not only ensured that both school grounds were litter free, we were also able to clean up a local park the Moykeeran ‘Plantin’ in Draperstown.  Through participation in the Wrigley’s Litter Less campaign, our pupils now have a greater understanding and appreciation of the need to maintain and look after our environment.’