Shawhead pupils tackle litter issue
The school teamed up with the council to find ways of tackling the litter menace that blights their community.
The community safety team, which has the remit to enforce the laws concerning litter, dog-fouling and fly-tipping, was in the area on one of its public engagement days.
All the pupils received a presentation on the environmental issues the team tackle.
They then learned how to conduct a litter survey similar to the one conducted three times a year in the area for Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The children also learned that vandalism, graffiti and their new word for the day – detritus – can have a major impact.
Detritus is the collective name for soil, leaves, grit and other vegetative matter that gathers on roads and pavements.
The group then headed round the school grounds to conduct a survey. On closer inspection, all agreed the area had minor issues with litter, although on a wide visual inspection, had actually looked clean.
Shawhead already holds five eco flags and litter is a compulsory subject. With the input from the community safety team and the school’s continued efforts, they are well on the way to number six.
The children enjoyed the session and will use their knowledge and skills in ongoing environmental work.
Busy Jaelyn and Ava, below, are on the hunt for litter
Ready Pupils are armed with litter-pickers to tidy their area
Take note Jeannie, Abbie, India and Zurie during survey