Girl cutting up litter © Andrew Forsyth/RSPCA


What would our definition of litter include?

  • Non-biodegradable items, e.g. cans and crisp packets?
  • Biodegradable items, e.g. apple cores and banana skins?

Conduct a survey

Where in the school environment is litter a problem?

  • Are there any similarities between problem areas, e.g. near sources of food, near exits, where there are no litter bins?
  • Are there any areas where there isn't a problem? Can we identify why this might be?

Find out

What we can do to make a difference?

  • What are farm assurance schemes? Do they all offer the same benefits to animal welfare?
  • What changes are possible? Talk to the school meals provider, the school management team and the Food Technology co-ordinator.
  • How much do recycling bins cost and where is the most effective place to put these?

Take action

Make our ideas happen

  • How will we organise this?
  • Who do we need to consult before implementing our ideas?
  • Do we need to seek permission for some of our ideas?
  • How will we know whether our ideas have been successful?


How successful were we at making a difference to the problems?

  • What worked well?
  • What would we do differently?
  • Is there anything else we need to do?
  • Do we need to repeat what we have done again, e.g. every six months?

Download a PDF information sheet of these ideas (PDF 84KB).