Keep Wales Tidy celebrated the launch of their new Litter Toolkit for schools at Borras Park Community Primary School, Wrexham. Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM joined a community ‘Be Tidy’ clean-up to mark the official launch on Friday 29th September.

Keep Wales Tidy volunteers, Borras Park staff and pupils all got involved in the clean-up of the school grounds and surrounding areas, with Wrexham County Borough Council disposing of all collected litter after the event.

The new online Litter Toolkit helps schools identify and tackle litter issues in and around their schools, while providing guidance on developing anti-litter campaigns and positive behavior change. The Litter Toolkit will now be rolled out in all Eco-Schools and is a go-to guide for staff and pupils with plenty of useful tips and examples.

Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs said:

The Eco-Schools programme is a great example of how young people in Wales are committed to achieving a sustainable future. We must all work together to help educate and engage young people while giving them the opportunity to shape Wales’ environmental future.  This Litter Toolkit will provide guidance to make sure all come to together and enhance their local area.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said:

The Litter Toolkit is full of examples of tackling the problem of litter through practical action and campaigns with many of the great ideas coming from students themselves, so it is great to be holding the official launch at Borras Park Community Primary.  It is essential that we all understand the far-reaching impacts of littering and young people have such an important role to play in encouraging and influencing people not to litter.  We hope that our Toolkit will inspire students across Wales to take action in their schools and communities.

Eco-Schools is an international programme run in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy and funded by the Welsh Government. Over 90% of schools in Wales are registered on the programme.

Eco-Schools inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their community, helping them learn about sustainable living and global citizenship while giving them the information and support they need to make changes that will benefit their school, local environment and wider community, such as reducing waste, energy consumption, transport, healthy living and litter issues.

The Litter Toolkit is available to download here | Eco Schools | @EcoSchoolsWales

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