In Beaumarchais middle school in Meaux city, the students built a composter themselves. After finishing it, some of them were dedicated to training the canteen staff, other students and teachers to use it on a daily basis.

Moreover, they have edited a school newspaper on sustainable development issues and they have spread it among their families in order to share good practises. This middle school is a “REP” school (high priority educational network). The Litter Less Campaign and the funds allocated to the Community Action Days contribute to empower the students and to give them a concrete responsibility in their school environment - they can be artisans, reporters, or a communications specialists.


YRE students from Zakladna skola Jana Palatrika Majchihov participating in the Litter Less Campaign investigated the problem of litter dumping on the border between two villages. The article presented in the local newspaper and addressed to the mayors of the two villages was very powerful. The mayors together negotiated and arranged a common clean-up of the area in a short time. The area remains clean up to now.



YRE students initiated waste segregation in the school in Raduti and influenced the local municipality to take action. Starting this year, the City Hall of Radauti managed to access a program that consists of collecting selective waste in personalised trash bags from every house. Also, the city hall started an awareness and education campaign for the citizens regarding recycling, selective collection of waste and storing dried and wet waste. Students are hoping that other environmental problems that were raised by them will have an echo to the local authorities, but also to the citizens as well as to our local community. Slowly, but surely, their efforts for a cleaner environment are taking form. It is very well shown that the prizes from the five Litter Less Campaigns are justified through strong dissemination in the local community and we are empowering the local authorities and citizens from the community.

Coordinators: Prof. Liviu Gheorghe Hatnean from the National College “Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi” and Cornelia Hatnean from the “Bogdan Voda” Gymnasium School”, Rădăuți/ Romania



Through the Litter Less Campaign (LLC) in YRE, a group of boys aged 11-12 dealt with a very local problem - there was no bin on their football pitch! There was not even a plastic bottles recycling one. In extremely hot Israel you have to take water with you if you are going to play football! The boys took photos and wrote about the problem. They sent it all to the mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Nir Barkat. Not only did they receive a reply, the situation was fixed two months later! The boys were so proud of themselves and told me that "even the big boys thanked them" (you know how important that is). And I personally have to say: changing things that matter to you when you are 12 years old gives you the confidence to change bigger things when your 16, 18 or 20. This experience for those kids can definitely change the way they believe in their capabilities.


The value of recycled paper in Collège Guy Mollet (France)

The pupils are currently working on recycled paper.
They produce not only recycled paper but also pieces of art by using used paper and old newspapers. The school Christmas tree is also made of recycled cardboard. This recycling activity should reach all students by the end of the school year.

The students also took a trip to a centre that collect clothes where they discovered the importance of recycling clothes. They are in the process of producing a report in order to raise awareness on the issue not only in their school but also amongst their families and the inhabitants of their city.


On Wednesday the 30th of November and Thursday the 1st of December, the students carried out a waste collection mission on the Mugel beach in La Ciotat.

Armed with gloves and garbage bags, they paced the beach in search of waste. They were surprised to find household waste coming from the pipes, such as cotton buds.

After the collection, all the waste was categorized and recorded using a detailed sheet containing the different categories of waste (plastic bags, cans, bottle stoppers, cigarettes ...).

The data sheets were then sent to the Observatory for Waste in the Water Environment (ODEMA). The ODEMA made it possible to rank the amount of waste by type. Unsurprisingly, it was plastic that was number one.

This output showed that the waste is not static and can go a long way before ending up on our beaches ... Now it is up to the students to go back to the source and identify precisely where it comes from.


In this academic year, two Almaty Secondary schools, №50 and №32, joined the Litter Less campaign and YRE programme. Students were actively involved into the work and on the 25th of November they participated in the workshops to create environmental articles and photo reports which was carried out by the YRE programme national operator, Mariya Tyuryuchsheva. 

Young reporters learned what a lead is, why an article needs to have a hero and what the main issues that reporter should cover in their work. In addition, the students discussed the environmental problems associated with garbage and waste.


On the 22nd of October two significant events took place in the Secondary school №16 of Temirtau: the start of the Litter Less Campaign and the annual school conference.
At the opening of a new phase of the campaign the students talked about recearch which was already completed or has been planned. For example, Gummetali Mammadov and Tanya Shcherbakova, 6th grade students, collected garbage for about a week and created the garbage monster. They counted what kind of garbage is "most popular" in the school, where it comes from and what we need to do to have less litter. How to beat the "garbage monster" in school has become a key issue for all participants!
But the event wasn't limited only to presentations of research: the guests and the participants were divided into groups and received an assignment - to draw up an action plan for the Litter Less campaign.
Everyone was active: the older students and the newcomers from 5th grade, who generated a large number of useful ideas. The students are ready to implement these new ideas in their lives. 
Special guests of the event were students from boarding school №2 for children with special needs, who also participate in the campaign.  They spoke about their work in the campaign, such as training for kindergartens and using waste materials in art.



On November 15, the World Day of recycling, the participants of the Litter Less campaign conducted training for Primary school students of 2nd and 3rd grades. The children learned why this day is celebrated, what litter is, where it comes from and why it is dangerous. Young reporters explained to them how to minimize and sort waste and shared the knowledge and information they had gained through YRE research.
On this day the first results of the school waste paper collection contest were also announced. "This competition is held from October to April and covers the entire school. Currently the leader is Zharlikov Yuri, a 7th grade student, who has already collected over 139 kg of waste paper", - said Lydmila Bushman, teacher supervisor of YRE programme and Litter Less campaign.



Young Reporters decided to organize a Garbage Day for younger pupils with a goal to increasing their knowledge and providing an interesting experience.

The day started at the school club by gathering of all 3rd grade pupils. A presentation about waste given by Young Reporters was followed by a discussion about waste separation at home and some common mistakes were pointed out.

Next came a surprise: pupils dressed up as walking garbage boxes – one each of blue, red, green, and yellow. Each “box” introduced itself and what it “eats“. Then a mixture of waste was emptied on the ground and young pupils were asked to sort them out into corresponding boxes.

The day continued with creative workshops and activities e.g. a “garbage path” to experience various kinds of waste barefoot, recognition of types of waste with a blindfold and finally a search for a treasure guarded by a waste mummy.  

Older pupils built-up compost bins from old wooden pallets to produce compost at the school garden.  

At the end of the day, each classroom received a new bin for collection of organic waste.

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