Collecting > Litter Walk

Conduct a litter walk to collect all of the discarded trash from an area in your school / playground / facility

If you do not have a suitable area within your facility look to organise to do a litter walk at a local library, park, playground or beauty spot.

NOTE: Rubbish will consist of both plastic and non-plastic waste so it will be necessary to segregate waste when collected.

Make sure appropriate safety equipment is worn. Ie gloves and if necessary hi-vis clothing. 

The goal is to collect waste from a pre-defined area. By defining and recording the area it is possible to revisit the area at a later date and compare results.



  • Plastic waste is collected seperate to non-plastic waste.
  • Appropriate safety equipment is used
  • Both the plastic and non-plastic waste collected is measured




  • Activity carried out in parallel by multiple groups, results can then be compared (EG different areas)
  • Measure / count how much plastic waste is collected
  • Measure / count how much non-plastic waste is collected
  • Compare results
  • Chart progress / record results. Results can be mapped if several areas are cleaned
  • Calculate how much waste could be present at other similar sites 
  • Get participants to write about the litter walk
  • Discuss the safety equipment and why it is used
  • Periodically Re-hold the challenge to compare results.
  • Spread the news - How can we promote more / better recycling behaviours



  • Collection of plastic waste (needed for the next stage of the project)
  • Clean up of area
  • Calculate volume of plastic waste found in area
  • Raise awareness and engage others
  • Engage participants in plastics lifecycle