Pupils hit the streets in the battle against litter

Forfar Academy pupils have been taking to the streets around the school on a weekly basis in their battle against litter.

Every Wednesday throughout March a group of 26 garbage-grabbing youngsters, all volunteers, were involved as part of the school’s recent bid to promote anti-littering behaviour around the town, especially around its own environment.

Pupils could be seen eagerly heading out with all their gear to clean up the streets while engaging in a bit of light-hearted competition to see who could collect the most.

Gail McGuinness, deputy head teacher, who is leading the project said: “It was great to see such enthusiasm from across the year groups and we got a lovely response from members of the public as we went about our litter picking.”

Local Councillor Ian McLaren also praised the youngsters for setting a positive example.

He continued: “By ensuring that the environment surrounding their school premises is kept clean and tidy and free from litter, the pupils learn that it is never acceptable to drop litter, a life lesson that they can carry with them as they grow up.”

David Barnes, Litter & Flytipping Manager for Zero Waste Scotland, said: “It’s great to see pupils recycling enthusiastically. I hope their efforts send out a strong message to others not to drop litter in and around the school.”