Funds for Bearsden Academy to tackle litter emergency

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has awarded Bearsden Academy a grant as part of a campaign to encourage pupils to tackle the looming litter emergency.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 9:07 am
Bearsden Academy

As part of the international Litter Less campaign, 25 schools across Scotland have been selected to receive £200 to support the development and implementation of campaigns in their school and wider community to tackle litter.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions the schools will be adapting their activities and encouraging pupils to carry out local litter surveys or litter picks with their own households as part of their outdoor exercise.

Litter Less is an annual campaign led by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE), sponsored by the Wrigley’s Foundation.

It runs in 15 countries worldwide, including Scotland and supports more than 1.3 million children and over 20,000 educators to improve and enhance the places they love.

Commenting on the initiative, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Education and Learning Manager Daniel Barrie, said: “We are thrilled we are once again able to support children and educators through the Wrigley Litter Less programme.

"The successful schools will be able to use the £200 grant to buy materials needed to run their anti-litter campaigns, to support local family clean up events as part of their daily exercise, and to assist educators to understand the issues and solutions.

"We very much look forward to seeing the summary reports and videos when the local campaigns conclude,” she added.

The Litter Less campaign will support the participating schools to work towards achieving their international Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. Success stories from previous entrants can be found here.

This is the ninth year that Keep Scotland Beautiful has run the campaign, and in that time, £56,000 of support has been provided to 244 Scottish schools helping them, to become more litter-ate and to purchase litter picking equipment and bins.

In addition, more than, 4,000 educators and 50,000 children and young people have been involved across Scotland.