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More than 1,000 children to take part in clean-up weekend

Published on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MORE than 1,000 children and young people from 15 city schools will be helping to pick up litter in Leicester as part of the Great British Spring Clean.


On Tuesday 20 March, children and young people will be collecting litter in different-coloured bags as schools compete to see who can bag the most rubbish. They will then converge on Abbey Park to count up their bags and receive their prizes.


The event forms part of the Litter Less schools’ campaign, sponsored by Wrigleys, which has seen 15 schools in Leicester introduce measures to educate young people about litter and encourage them to make positive choices.


It is also part of the Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign by Keep Britain Tidy, which runs from 2-25 March.


More than 100 schools in Leicester are part of the city council’s eco-schools programme, which provides specialist support for schools to improve their environmental awareness.


Schools follow a simple seven-step process to become eco-friendly that is used across the world, empowering children to bring about changes to their local environment.


Examples of schemes launched by eco-schools in the city include energy-saving campaigns and initiatives to encourage wildlife to visit school grounds.


Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on the environment, said: “Thanks to our eco-schools programme, we know that there are plenty of responsible, community-minded children and young people in Leicester who recognise that littering is unacceptable.


“Litter can blight our parks, streets and community spaces. It can harm wildlife and ecosystems, especially if it ends up in the water.


“Celebrating the work of these enthusiastic young people is a great way of demonstrating that we can change people’s attitudes for the better by starting with the next generation. We want them to grow up knowing that being responsible with your rubbish is the norm.”