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