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Bin it!


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Relevant for
KS3, KS4

Bin It! is a site that Secondary School PE and PSHE teachers can download and print plans and sheets on making children aware of the impacts of dropping gum.

Learning and Teaching Resources

Chewing gum litter is a challenge for communities around the UK.

  • It is expensive to clean up

  • It can damage personal property

  • Most gum-droppers dont think about the impact of their actions

Bin it! is a FREE educational programme aimed at students aged 11 to 13, focusing on the personal and social impacts of dropping gum. The programme consists of a printed pack with comprehensive teachers notes, two colour posters and a range of activity and resource cards, plus a supporting website, all provided by the Wrigley Company. They aim to help both teachers and pupils understand the impact of dropping gum, the expences of removal and general image of the streets.

A game is featured on the site called 'Litter Duty' that is basically a game where the pupil has to pick up litter of a playground. However they will find that the more pupils there are, the more litter there is. This will teach them that things can get rather messy if they don't look after their environment.

The Gum Litter Topic

Gum litter is a topic that most students will have experience of, and makes a great starting point for encouraging students to take an interest in topical issues, engage in discussion and debate, play and active role as responsible citizens in public life, and learn about their rights and responsibilities.

Teachers- Percentages and Feedback

Since its launch in 2006, Bin it! has been well received by teachers around the UK:

  • 90% of users felt that students were now more likely to think about the way they disposed of their gum

  • 96% found the lessons were easy to plan, prepare and deliver

"The beauty of this is that it is something that they know about."

-Teacher feedback

Supporting the Curriculum

Bin it! supports the curriculum for Citizenship, Personal and Social Education and English in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is also relevant to Geography/Social Studies, Art and ICT.

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