The Litter Free School Zone program is designed to encourage students to keep their school grounds litter-free and to raise public awareness regarding litter via a Litter Free School Zone sign to be displayed outside the school.
Students, clubs, classes, and even entire school districts can participate in the Litter Free School Zone program. Keeping their school litter-free is an easy and fun way for students to work together, learning valuable community leadership and responsibility skills while gaining a respect for the environment and the world around them. It is also an opportunity to develop a school-wide stewardship ethic and set a community example.
The Litter Free School Zone program strives to resolve the issue of littering in two ways:
- Cleanup: Remove existing and deposited litter as soon as possible after it appears, so that further littering will be less likely to occur.
- Prevention: Create a sense of understanding, caring, and responsibility, often described as environmental stewardship, in our children so that they will not think of littering as an acceptable behavior in their world.
The ultimate goal is a cleaner, more beautiful community, with a strong sense of civic pride. As more students participate in the Litter Free School Zone program, we hope that there will soon be less litter to clean up. As residents drive past the signage and see the clean schoolyard, they also will be less inclined to deposit litter.
Minimum Requirements from the School:
- Check the school grounds two times a year, or more often at your discretion, and remove litter.
- To report the date of each cleanup completed, number of participants, hours worked and number of full bags of trash collected to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful after each cleanup or two times a year if cleanups are held more often.
- Promote and report results of Litter Free School Zone activities in school publications, on bulletin boards and other places where appropriate.
- Make safety a top priority.
- Provide written notice to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and remove signage in the event that the school wishes to terminate the program or if it becomes inactive.
Before registering for the program, please confirm that proper administrative permission has been obtained to participate in cleanup activities and display Litter Free School Zone signage at your school.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Provides:
- Attractive signage for your school designating it as a Litter Free School Zone.
- Media coverage publicizing your school’s involvement through our newsletter, news releases, Facebook and Twitter.
- Helpful and responsive assistance from staff.
For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Larson toll free at 1-877-772-3673 ext.104 or e-mail.
- Click here to fill out the Litter Free School Zone Agreement Form online
- Click here to fill out the Litter Free School Zone Online Reporting Form
- Click here to download the Litter Free School Zone Cleanup Tally Sheet
- Click here for a Litter Survey – use this and a clipboard to keep track of the litter you pick up.
- Click here to download a customizable student participation award certificate. There is space enough to include the student’s name and the name of your school. (You must first save the certificate to your computer to be able to customize it.)