New project to tackle litter problem

The new project aims to take a partner approach to tackle and prevent pupils' littering around Forfar Academy and the wider community.
The new project aims to take a partner approach to tackle and prevent pupils' littering around Forfar Academy and the wider community.

A new project aimed at tackling littering by Forfar Academy pupils near the school and in the wider community has been launched in the town.

Funded by Zero Waste Scotland’s Litter and Flytipping Innovation Fund, the project will be led by Angus Council’s Pride in Place Member Officer Group who will work with the school’s staff and pupils, community users of the academy, local businesses and residents.

The project will run in three phases until the end of March. The first phase will evaluate the amount and types of litter in and around the school and explore attitudes and behaviours to littering to provide a baseline against which the success of the project can be measured.

The second phase will involve a pupil-led litter prevention campaign which will include them becoming litter wardens to help reduce littering in and around the school. Staff in local food retailers, residents and volunteers will also be asked to actively encourage pupils to dispose of litter responsibility. A litter charter for the school will also be developed and implemented and the final phase will involve monitoring to assess the project’s impact.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, chairwoman of the council group, said: “We want people to take pride in where they live and this new campaign helps us reach the goal of changing people’s minds about what they do with their litter. With cleaning up costing hundreds of thousands of pounds every year, we want less mess and not more costly clean-up.”

Councillor Ian McLaren, who is leading the project, also said he is encouraged by how the community is engaging with the pride in place campaign.

He added: “Our partnership approach looks to reduce the incidence of littering across Forfar and establishes a school-led community-wide approach to deliver a sustained litter prevention programme. We’re taking steps to make sure we can replicate this model so that it can be used by other schools and communities.”