Waste Reduction

Reduce Litter in your Centre

This eco-focus is all about reducing litter in your centre. A good place to start is by joining our Waste Warriors Art Competition. There are also lots of other activities below! Let’s get your centre recycling, reducing, reusing and refusing! 

Early Years Learning Framework

Learning Outcomes: 

2.4 – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

4.1 – Children develop dispositions for learning 


5. Ongoing learning and reflective practice


3. Learning through play

CHALLENGE: Waste Warriors Art Competition


Collected rubbish items  /  Glue or Tape  /  Large Canvas or Cardboard to make artwork on


1 hour classroom session for making artwork – Step 2
10 to 20 minutes – Step 3

Step 1

Collect some common rubbish items if safe and hygienic to do so. 

You may wish to ask families to bring in some common rubbish items from home. 

Some common rubbish items include juice poppers, food wrappers, paper etc. 


Step 2

Give your kids some of these litter items and allow them to create an artwork with it that tells a story about the effects of litter on local environments. 

There are plenty of ways to do this! Kids can individually make an art work or why not create a large piece of art together? 

Step 3

After creating the artwork, talk to the kids about litter and the effects it has on our local marine and wild life – you could read the EcoMarines book that tell the story of Eco-Ranger Sarah! Ask the kids to try to ensure these litter items do not end up in bins or around the centre. 

Step 4

Display your artwork somewhere in your centre! 

Take a photo of this Waste Warrior display and send it in to us! 

Your centre could go in the draw to win a cool prize!


Use the form to the right to submit!

We can't wait to see your centers' waste artwork!

CHALLENGE: Containers for Change

Does your centre have a containers for change refund scheme? If not, then this might be a challenge for you!

Step 1

Set up and area in your centre where kids and staff can put their empty bottles and containers. 

Step 2

Educate your kids and staff about what can and cannot go in the containers for change bin! 

Step 3

Get your centre using the bin! 

Once your bin is full, choose what to do with the funds! These could be put towards an environmental project in the centre, a local charity or anything else you choose. EcoMarines is a registered charity with Containers for Change and we would welcome any donations to help us grow! Our code is C10041492 if you would like to donate.

The Containers for Change website has more information on what type of containers are accepted, and where to return them.

Step 4

Create a poster with your kids about the items allowed in the bin! 


Activities about Waste Reduction & Litter

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