Friday 16 December 2016

It’s never too early to learn to love where you live.

And pupils from Shortbrook Primary School in Westfield have been giving something back to their neighbourhood this week, by collecting more than 20 bags of litter from local streets.

Sheffield City Council’s estates and environmental services teams joined the school children on the litter pick, which was organised as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s “Love Where You Live.”

The school also ran a poster competition, asking the children to create designs that encouraged residents to clean up after themselves and warned of the environmental impact of dropping their rubbish in the street.

Winners were selected from each year group, and the overall winner, Ruby Graham Burke, age 11, will have her poster design displayed on five new litter bins that have been installed.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “Thank you to all the children and staff involved at Shortbrook Primary School for organising the litter pick and cleaning up their local area, and huge congratulations to the winner of the poster competition.

“Litter is an issue that we need to address across the city and everyone can do their bit to help keep Sheffield clean and tidy.

“We regularly visit local schools to talk to children about litter. If we can educate children about the negative effects of litter at a young age, they are likely to pass this message on to older siblings and parents.”

People who want to organise a litter pick in their own areas can get help and support by contacting streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk