Litter

Facts and Figures

Litter can effect our environments in many ways. It can find its way into our waterways which can pollute our systems and eventually make its way into our oceans. When in our oceans, litter – especially plastic can turn into microplastic and be consumed by marine animals. Litter can also be eaten by land-based animals as well. Here are some facts: 

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Is the amount it costs Australia to clean up litter each year!
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Cigarette butts are littered each year!

The most common reasons for littering are people saying that they are “too lazy” or “there was no bin close by”. So, the best thing we can do is educate people to stop littering in the first place, however, sometimes we need to give our environments a helping hand and pick up the rubbish we find! 

Litter Challenges

The ‘104 or More Clean-up Club’ challenge is an ongoing partnership with Brisbane City Council (BCC) to address litter in public places.

The team have a number of COVID-Safe options to support EcoMarines to tackle litter in their local environment. The team can organise contactless drop-off of litter tools for:

  • Active Travel Clean-Ups:
    Students pick up litter in their suburb while walking to school for Active Travel. Students can take litter equipment home and all join in a day when they clean-up on the walk to school. The 104 or More team will drop off the equipment ahead of time and can be there on the day to welcome the students (optional). 

  • Lunchtime Clean-Ups:
    The EcoMarines team can organise a lunchtime litter clean up with a group of up to 100 people.

  • Take it home:
    Families can borrow litter loan kits for up to two weeks! The EcoMarines can promote this for the school community to book with Brisbane City Council and the 104 or More team will deliver the litter loan kits to individual households. 

These are new clean-up options that Brisbane City Council have developed and are open to input and feedback. If your EcoMarines are interested in trialling these clean-ups, please get in touch with our team for more information

 

Step 1

Get in touch and let us know what kind of clean-up your EcoMarines are interested in (active travel, lunchtime, home loan kits, or perhaps a combination!). We will put you in touch with  Brisbane City Council to organise the details and support the EcoMarines with their planning!


The ‘Clean Up Club Plan’ and ‘Risk Assessment’ may also help.

Step 2

Spread the word to encourage students to participate! You could present on assembly, make posters or write in the newsletter.

Announce the date, details and why picking up litter is so important!

If you’re hosting a clean-up at school, we also encourage you to personally invite staff, cleaners, and groundspeople…

Check out the templates provided by Bulimba State School!

Step 3

Brisbane City Council will organise contactless drop off of litter equipment before the Clean Up day! The details will vary depending on which type of clean up your EcoMarines have opted for… their team will fill you in on COVID-Safe requirements!

Step 4

Ambassadors present at assembly with photos and results of the clean-up. What items did you find? How many students helped clean-up? What did you learn? Encourage students to continue picking up litter!

Step 5

Write an article for the school e-newsletter and include in their social media with #104ormore

If you are doing this challenge, we encourage you to do our Waste Warrior Challenge at the same time.


Up to 10 schools outside of Brisbane City Council can join our Landfill Legends Challenge (sign-up at Ambassador Training Day or email us below). The aim of this challenge is to make picking up litter a fun and productive activity for students and in the process educate the school community about reducing litter and waste sent to landfill! You will receive one on one support throughout this challenge from an EcoMarines team member. They will even come to your school for a few pick-up sessions!

EcoMarines ambassadors can run their own ‘Clean Up Club’ with students (Landfill Legends) during lunch, before school or after school and collect data to share with EcoMarines and the rest of the school. Don’t worry, we will help you along the way!

Step 1

Meet with your EcoMarines crew and decide on a way to encourage students to join the Landfill Legends team. Here are some ideas: 

  • Make it a competition between pairs of students – the pair who collects the most items of rubbish wins a prize (maybe house points or tuck shop voucher)
  • Target younger grades who like to have activities during break times
 

Decide when you will have regular pick-ups e.g. every two weeks or twice a term during lunch or before/after school. 

 

Step 2

Advertise Landfill legends to recruit members! How will you do this? Maybe…

  • Make fun posters
  • Speak at assembly 
  • Add it into the school newsletter 
  • Go and talk directly to classes/younger grades

 

Step 3

Plan your first pick-up after you have recruited Landfill when that you can all meet up and identify the areas needing ‘cleaning’. Get all your tools e.g. gloves, bags etc. ready!

Make sure to collect data ready for step 4. Hand out the data sheet to pairs during the pick-up to fill out in order to categorise the litter items they will collect. 

Remember: DATA IS IMPORTANT! Please make sure to share all data collected with the EcoMarines team.

Step 4

After your first pick-up, your EcoMarines crew can use the data sheet to identify what the most common litter items were and why you think that is. 

Create a presentation on assembly about your litter findings. The presentation should also educate the school about how we can reduce these litter items and the effects these items have on our environment. 

Step 5

Get your Landfill Legends team back together for more regular pick-up’s. Perhaps this happens once every week to two weeks. Make sure you are still collecting data at each pick-up and take notice of any reductions in the items found. 

Do you need to provide more litter education to the school if no reductions are found? How can you do this? 

Do you see reductions? Great! report back to your school and congratulate them on their progress!

 

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