Schools partake in litter awareness campaign

Pictured at the Bin It! workshop were Sharon Scully, South Tipperary County Council and students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Rocklow Road.
A nationwide school campaign to raise student awareness of littering visited Tipperary this week. Over 200 students from Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill, Carrick-on-Suir and Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Rocklow Road, Fethard, participated in the ‘Bin it!’ workshop.

A nationwide school campaign to raise student awareness of littering visited Tipperary this week. Over 200 students from Scoil Mhuire, Greenhill, Carrick-on-Suir and Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Rocklow Road, Fethard, participated in the ‘Bin it!’ workshop.

Bin It! is a key element of the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) litter awareness campaign which also includes outdoor poster, TV and online advertising which ran from May until September this year. The programme has an accompanying website www.gumlittertaskforce.ie and Facebook page www.facebook.com/binityourway.

Bin It! features an actor-led workshop visiting secondary schools across 30 local authority areas. The workshop is geared towards first year students and explores littering and social responsibility.

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.

This is the seventh year the ‘Bin it!’ campaign has toured Ireland and to date over 25,120 students have taken part.

Chairman of the GLT, Paul Kelly said: “The Bin it! campaign gives us the opportunity to directly educate and influence an entire generation nationwide on the importance of responsible litter disposal. It is one of the most important elements of our national campaign and one from which we receive overwhelmingly positive feedback. Our goal is to have a significant and sustainable impact on behaviour and a schools education programme is an excellent tool with which to achieve this.”

The 2013 ‘Bin it!’ tour will visit 30 local authority areas over a six week period from until November 22. Schools can download a free copy of the ‘Bin it!’ programme materials by logging onto www.chewitbinit.com