Rubbish Charts!

One of our My Local Area

Litter can be found everywhere. It is a danger to wildlife, as well as being unsightly. In this activity you and your students will pick a suitable local area (this might be a beach if you are by the sea, a park or recreation area, or even the centre of town), carry out a combined litter pick and survey and use the results to create some literally rubbish charts!

In this activity you and your students will:

  • Learn about the amount of waste people in the UK throw away every year.
  • Pick a local area that could do with a clean up.
  • Carry out a combined litter pick and survey (where you collect the litter and make a list of how many pieces you have collected from each of a list of litter types and where you found them).
  • Display the results of the litter survey by making some charts using the litter you have collected (cleaned where necessary). For example, a pie chart with examples of rubbish found stuck to the chart, or a map of the area you cleaned with examples of the rubbish found stuck on the map where you found it.


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One Response to “Rubbish Charts!”

  1. Be eco-friendly with Roots & Shoots | The Topmarks Blog Says:

    Have a litter pick in your local area, making charts on the types of waste collected, and discuss the impact of rubbish on plants, animals and humans, both near and far, including our oceans.

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