Changeworks is delighted to announce the result of their ‘Lose the litter’ project. The project has been running over the last five months and is funded by Zero Waste Scotland. The funding was to be used to pilot innovative ways to tackle school litter and included a specially commissioned litter drama, a ‘Bin It to Win It’ competition, plus assemblies and litter action organised by the school Eco Teams.

Portobello High and Queensferry High Schools were declared joint first prize winners in a competition to win £1000 as part of the ‘Lose the Litter’ project.

It was so hard to select an overall winner that it was decided the prize should be shared. Second prize goes to nearby Holy Rood High School and third prize to Craigmount High School, who will both receive a share of the overall prize fund.

After completing a street litter survey around the school, Environmental Warden for the Portobello area Morgan McGuire said: “I am very impressed by the scores ….congratulations on the efforts that the school has made...they should be very proud of themselves.”

Joe Alves, Waste Education Officer at Changeworks , congratulated staff and pupils at the schools who have worked hard to raise awareness about the problems of littering and made a great start at changing behaviour and attitudes towards litter. Joe said: “Choosing a winning school has been incredibly difficult. They have all worked really hard on the project, given how busy teachers and pupils are. They’ve certainly embraced the project and made every effort to improve their school and surroundings”.