Litterati for young learners
show the Litterati site (www.litterati.org), show the App, explain how it works
Prepare the kids, hand out tongs, hand out bags for rubbish
2) Go to your investigation zone (e.g., a school yard)
Put kids in pairs, one with tongs, one with bag.
Explain that they should pick up one piece of rubbish, bring it to you to photograph and upload, then they go get another, and another etc
Do this for 15 minutes
NB - it'll be difficult (but not impossible) to do this with just one phone!!!
3) After they've collected for 15 minutes, take your litter back to the classroom.
Dump out the rubbish in front of the classroom outside (put it all on a plastic sheet if you want to avoid cleaning it up afterwards).
4) Get the pairs to sort the litter (still using tongs)
- plastic wrappers
- plastic bottles and pots (other plastic)
- paper tissues, paper wrappers, and organic waste (and anything else you can't categorize which will go in landfill)
- paper cups
- metal (cans)
5) Once it's all sorted, get them to count up the items of individual waste in each category. (sort out the different brands and companies too with older learners)
6) Talk to the children about the fact that much of this waste could avoid going into landfill if we put it in the right recycling bin, or use alternatives.
7) Write a letter to the company with the most rubbish in your sample from the kids
include photos and tell the company that you would like to help them keep their packaging off the school playgrounds, streets and ask them to sponsor more litter bins and a campaign to pick up their litter. :-)