Litter Less Campaign Criteria

The Litter Less Campaign is an environmental literacy project that can be run in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Due to its visibility and wide-spread nature, litter is a simple way to introduce children and youth to environmental issues and topics. Through the Litter Less Campaign, students learn about different types of litter and waste and adopt a hands-on strategy to reducing and preventing litter and waste in their school and local community. The knowledge and skills gained through the Litter Less Campaign strengthen students’ environmental literacy, promote sustainable behaviour change and help shape students into environmental leaders.


The Litter Less Campaign for the YRE programme mainly focuses on the production of a journalistic piece (article, photograph, or video report).

Participants of the Litter Less Campaign investigate a local litter issue, for example the effect on local wildlife or human health, the packaging most often discarded by people, etc. Journalistic production in the form of articles, photographic reportage, or video clips must be produced. The production must include suggestions for solutions on minimising litter.

YRE students or student groups share their investigations by posting articles, photographs and videos about them through the YRE network. Students are also encouraged to disseminate their work in other ways, for example via print, broadcast or social media.

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