A nationwide schools’ campaign to educate and raise student awareness of littering visited Leitrim this week.
Over 200 students from Scoil Nhurie, Dublin Road, Carrick-on-Shannon and Ballinamore Community School participated in the ‘Bin It!’ workshop.‘Bin It!’ is a key element of the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) litter awareness campaign. The campaign 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 thirty 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 7th year the ‘Bin It!’ campaign has toured Ireland and to date over 25,000 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 7 October until 22 November 2013.
The 30 local authorities participating are; Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway City Councils, Laois, Roscommon, Wexford, Donegal, Kilkenny, Sligo, Galway, Kerry, Monaghan, Cavan, Longford, Waterford, Leitrim, Limerick, South Tipperary, Fingal, South Dublin, Westmeath, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Kildare, Wicklow and Trim County Councils and Ennis, Navan and Tullamore Town Councils.
Schools can download a free copy of the ‘Bin it!’ programme materials by logging onto www.chewitbinit.com