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Kids enlisted in fight against litter

[Wednesday 31 October 2007]
Hambleton's talking litter bins
Hambleton's talking litter bins

SCHOOLCHILDREN are being enlisted into the fight against litter across one part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Primary school pupils across Hambleton are being asked to design a new poster under the banner 'bin it - don't drop it'.

And top place will win a special talking bin for their playground - they can choose from a penguin, robin or duck.

"Litter is rubbish in the wrong place," said Hambleton Street Scene Manager, John Proud.

"Research has shown that children - especially teenagers - freely admit to dropping it and don't feel ashamed. Through this competition we hope to get to them before they are teenagers - littering is nearly always worse at secondary schools. We want to train them early and hope the talking bins will be a real incentive."

The winning school will be visited unannounced to make sure they are litter free with the winning poster used around the district. Competition runners-up will have the chance to borrow a talking bin for three months.

Closing date for entries is Friday November 30, 2007.

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