Huyton children become litter busters

Published on: Thursday, 14-January-2016

Children from a Huyton primary school have taken up the challenge of becoming local litter busters.

The pledge comes after the children from Huyton with Roby Primary School attended a ‘Love where you live’ session at their school staged by Knowsley Council’s Environmental Sustainability and Street Scene services.

The 10 and 11-year-olds penned letters to the council expressing their views and concerns about litter and dog fouling. This prompted the classroom sessions to talk about the local area, raise awareness of the council’s street cleaning operations and let the young people find out more about what they, along with their community, can do to help keep their neighbourhoods clean and tidy.

During the sessions, pupils heard some surprising facts about everything from dog muck to rats to litter fines! They were shocked to hear that the amount of dog muck dumped in Britain weighs the same as 182 elephants, there are around 60 million rats living alongside us in the UK and the maximum fine which can be imposed for littering is £2,500.

Further sessions will be held at the school in the coming months when pupils will be encouraged to produce posters and newsletters promoting litter-busting messages to classmates, families and friends - and provided with equipment to organise their own litter picking activities.

Cllr Christina O’Hare, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, who attended the sessions, said: “It’s great that our young people are taking an interest in keeping their local area clean and are willing to become 'litter busting' ambassadors in their communities.

“While the council works hard to keep Knowsley’s streets clean, we are faced with significant budget cuts which mean we have had to reduce the frequency of some of our street cleaning services. So we need everyone to realise that we all have a role to play in keeping our neighbourhoods free from litter, dog fouling and graffiti. It’s good to see that our young citizens of tomorrow are leading by example.”

Nicola Winstanley, Business Manager at Huyton with Roby Primary said: “We are delighted that the council has responded so positively to the children’s concerns by visiting us.  Our pupils worked hard to produce effective, powerful letters that expressed their concerns and their solutions to the issues of litter, dog fouling and vandalism in our area. 

“The council’s response has also taught the children about how to use their voices politically now and in the future.”