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Mintlaw school kids out in force for litter clear up

Kids from Mintlaw Primary School spent the morning collecting litter from a local play park.

Kids from Mintlaw Primary School spent the morning collecting litter from a local play park.

A team of children from Mintlaw Primary School were able to collect nearly 2,000 pieces of litter from a nearby park in less than one hour.

With the help of parents and teachers, 38 kids from two classes at the school cleared up all kids of rubbish from a local play park as part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful Campaign.

The morning litter pick up event on Tuesday, March 18, was part of an annual spring clean and the children made use of equipment provided by Aberdeenshire Council.

Run by teachers Chris Pennington and Amy Walkingshore - Mintlaw Primary School’s eco reps - the morning saw two classes break down into 15 teams all competing to pick up the most pieces of litter.

Each group average more than 100 items - everything from cigarette butts and crisp packs to discarded jewellry and a cinderalla shoe.

Mr Pennington said: “All the kids and parents here live locally and use the park so this is cleaning up their enviroment.

“It forms part of our health and wellbeing curriculum and helps explain the impact waste can have on the enviroment and wildlife as well as human health.

“It’s also about developing good habbits so these guys won’t grow up to become litter bugs.”

Run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the national campaign is working towards making Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.

A significant part of this is working to change long-term behaviour by making dropping litter as socially unacceptable as drink driving is today.

 

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