Six Louth schools take part in anti-litter campaign

Bin It! campaign rolled out in Co Louth schools

Tamara O'Connell

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Tamara O'Connell

Six  Louth schools take part in anti-litter campaign

STUDENTS in Co Louth are taking part in a nationwide schools' campaign to educate and raise student awareness of littering.

The Bin It! campaign involves an actor-led workshop visiting participating secondary schools across the county. The Bin It! workshop is geared towards first year students and explores littering and social responsibility.

The schools that have signed up for the programme include Coláiste Lú, St Vincent’s Secondary School, Ardee Community School and three schools from Drogheda.

“The overall aim of the Gum Litter Taskforce campaign has always been to exact a behaviour change amongst the proportion of the public that dispose of chewing gum incorrectly,” said Chairman of the GLT, Paul Kelly.

“The Bin It! tour has proven to be an extremely effective, fun and interactive means of getting the important GLT gum disposal message to younger audiences.

“We’re seeing its effectiveness reflected not only in the attitudes and awareness research results but also in the increasing number of participants in the tour workshops.”

The workshop tour is supported by a website www.chewitbinit.com which includes games and quizzes for students, lesson plans, teachers’ notes, posters and activity cards to help integrate the theme of responsible litter disposal into the curriculum.