What is Litter?

The best way to describe litter is to say it is waste in the wrong place. Rather than being put in a bin or other waste container, it’s left to lie around.

Rudston pupils are very aware of this and strive to ensure that both our school and local community are litter free. They achieve this in many ways such as litter pickers, bins across the whole site both indoors and outdoors and regular links through the curriculum and additional support from our Eco Team.

Like graffiti and vandalism, litter is horrible to look at and can affect what people think about the quality and safety of an area.

Dangerous litter

  • Litter spoils how places look but did you know that it can also be a health hazard for people and wildlife? Here are a few examples…
  • Food litter can attract rats and flies, which spread disease.
  • Dog fouling in public places is a serious health risk, particularly for young children.
  • Drinks left in discarded bottles often attract small mammals such as mice which can squeeze into the bottles but are very often unable to get out again.
  • Discarded fishing lines can maim and kill birds.
  • Plastic bags can look like food to some grazing animals and marine creatures, but can kill them if swallowed.

 Litter, schools and the law

Many schools have a litter problem to some degree. A school with a serious litter problem:

  • attracts complaints from local residents and businesses.
  • is off-putting to visitors.
  • can be demoralising for staff and pupils.
  • can be dangerous, due to broken glass or cans on the playing field.
  • is breaking the law.

In terms of the law, all schools have responsibilities to make sure that their grounds are kept free of litter.