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Litter Lesson in the Bag
Monday 10th October, 2011

Litter Lesson in the Bag
Anti-Litter T-Shirt design competition winners at The Deanery High School. L-R. Christine Anozie, Sharon Takaona, Rebecca Hill (Wigan Council), Loren Dempsey, Ronan Heeley.

Pupils at 9 of the borough’s secondary schools have been campaigning against litter in partnership with the council’s neighbourhood team – and bagged 280 bags of rubbish in the process.

The focus of their campaign has been the pupils’ route into school. The young people have been making links with their local community including community groups and shop owners.

Pupils looked at innovative ways to get the anti-litter message across to some of their less conscientious peers, including designing posters and delivering talks to their classmates.

Wigan Council’s Eco-Schools Officer Rebecca Hill has been working with the pupils. She praised their response: “Very often people blame litter on young people. What these pupils have shown us in this campaign is their passion about keeping their environment clean,” says Rebecca.

“The enthusiasm of the pupils throughout this campaign has been fantastic and we hope that their work will encourage others not to drop litter.”

Clean ups by the pupils themselves around their schools gathered 280 bags of litter which demonstrated the scale of the problem at some sites.

At the Deanery High School, pupils ran a competition to see who could come up with the best anti-litter slogans and artwork to promote pride in Wigan Borough and to encourage people not to drop litter. They based their designs on common things that are dropped on the floor like sweet wrappers, crisp packets and fast food.

Deanery teacher Janet Fisher said: “The pupils were very committed to this project and worked extremely hard to produce thought-provoking art and anti-litter slogans.”

The winners of the competition had their slogans and designs printed onto t-shirts and also received a certificate to thank them for their work. Student Loren Dempsey said they had looked in detail at the type of litter people drop. She said: “Through our paintings and slogans we wanted to encourage people to put their litter in the bin and keep Wigan tidy. I really enjoyed this competition and am proud to be the winner."

Cabinet champion for the environment, Cllr Kevin Anderson, said: “Everyone needs to take responsibility for their rubbish and I’m delighted so many pupils have successfully and creatively addressed the issue in their local area. Congratulations to the competition winners for showing a great example.”

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