A nationwide schools’ campaign to educate and raise student awareness of littering visited Leitrim this week. Over 300 students from St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton and Carrick-on-Shannon Community School participated in the ‘Bin It!’ workshop.
The ‘Bin It!’ workshop is an innovative education campaign which features an actor-led workshop visiting secondary schools across 28 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 along with games and quizzes for students, lesson plans, teachers’ notes, posters and activity cards to help integrate the themes into the school curriculum.
This is the 8th year the ‘Bin It!’ campaign has taken place in Ireland and to date over 30,000 students have taken part. ‘Bin It!’ is a key element of the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) environmental awareness programme which also ran a mass media campaign, including outdoor poster, TV and online advertising, from May until September this year.
The campaign hosts a dedicated website www.gumlittertaskforce.ie, a Facebook page www.facebook.com/binityourway and a “Bin It Your Way” gaming app is available free to download from the App store and Google Play.
Schools can download a free copy of the ‘Bin It!’ programme materials by logging onto www.chewitbinit.com