Pupils at five Edinburgh schools are taking part in a pilot project funded by Zero Waste Scotland, aimed at reducing the amount of litter in and around the schools and their local communities. Five Edinburgh schools are taking part in a unique pilot project to wipe out littering in their local neighbourhoods. The project, 'Lose the Litter', is being delivered by Changeworks' Waste Education Services, who secured funding from Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Government-backed body set up to help Scotland reduce waste, recycle more and use resources sustainably.

Pupils at Craigmount High, Leith Academy, Holyrood High, Portobello High and Queensferry High have been conducting litter 'audits' and attending workshops and assemblies about preventing litter. They'll even see a play about the issue to get them engaged and help them to start influencing their fellow pupils to get on board and change their behaviour. Over the next three months each school's eco-team will create an action plan and put it into practice, with support from Changeworks. The pupils will also be tasked with measuring their success, with help from their local environmental wardens.

Joe Alves, Waste Education Officer at Changeworks, said: "This is not just about picking up litter, it's about changing behaviours and making it normal for people NOT to drop litter and create even less of it which is the root of the problem. The school that demonstrates the greatest improvement locally will be awarded £1,000 for their eco-team to use for other green initiatives. Funding for the project comes from a £250,000 litter prevention fund launched by Zero Waste Scotland earlier this year. Zero Waste Scotland's Director Iain Gulland said: "By piloting new ways to prevent litter we are empowering local communities to tackle litter problems head on. Preventing litter and recycling as much as possible ensures we make the best use of our resources and do what's right for the environment.