29 April 2015

Young people from Fir Vale School last week teamed up with Streets Ahead to hold a week-long litter awareness event.

The Streets Ahead team collects over 500 tonnes of litter each month from the streets of Sheffield, but in a bid to teach young people about the effects of litter on the environment and the community, pupils from Fir Vale School took part in a number of activities over the week.

Assemblies took place throughout the week for all year groups, with tasks set to get pupils to think of ways to help rid their communities of rubbish.
Year seven pupils then headed out armed with litter pickers and bin bags, to help clear up rubbish in the local area. The team that brought back the fullest bag were also awarded prizes for their efforts.
Litter mascot, Phil the bin, was also out on the Streets Ahead bus on the day of the picks spreading the word about litter awareness and cheering the young people on.
Steve Robinson, Head of Highway Maintenance for Sheffield City Council, said: “The week was a great success and it was great to see how enthusiastic the young people were about learning how to keep their communities clean.
“The work during the week was a joint effort and as many of the tenants who live in the community are Council housing tenants we were joined by our housing colleagues to help spread our anti-littering message even further.”

Streets Ahead’s Operations Director, Darren Butt, said: “Despite Streets Ahead’s hard work to keep the city clean and litter free, we do know that unfortunately rubbish is continually dropped onto the streets.
“Therefore, it’s important that we try and educate future generations of the effects that litter can have. By getting children engaged at a young age through interesting activities and competitions, we hope that they will take the messages back to their families and help us to keep our city looking its best.