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Taking litter back to schools

2nd September 2019

And so a new school year begins, with renewed post-holidays vigour. However, there was no holiday from rubbish stories, with tales of litter, large and small.

A man in Spain who dropped a refrigerator down a canyon was compelled, by the police, to retrieve this large piece of litter it to dispose of it properly. The man was also required to pay a fine the equivalent of £41,000, a high price easily avoided if only he had taken it to a recycling centre in the first place.

Holiday beaches and coastlines have been strewn with smaller litter items, no less damaging to the environment, by thoughtless people not adhering to the simple message: keep it, bin it.

The new school year sees the Mars Wrigley anti-littering schools roadshow, Bin It!, back on the road visiting secondary schools, across both the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with vital messages about proper litter disposal, both large and small. We’re in rehearsals early September in both London and Dublin.

In the UK, Bin It! is supported by Defra and works with Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. Watch out for the brightly-coloured Bin It! team van on the road, carrying performers, staging and technical kit. They’ll be starting in Norfolk, moving on to schools in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, London, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Cornwall, North & South Wales, West Midlands and last but not least, Northern Ireland.

In the Republic of Ireland, the Bin It! roadshow launches, in partnership with the Gum litter Taskforce, at the start of the new school year delivering live performances to Secondary school first years. The tour will kick off in schools in Dublin, then travel to schools in Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary, Kildare, Cork County, Galway County, Roscommon, Donegal, Sligo, Westmeath, Louth with a final day in Monaghan

Mars Wrigley sponsors theatre-in-education school tours as part of the company’s long-standing commitment to tackling litter issues.

Litter matters no longer lie neglected in canyons, fields, on cliff tops, beaches or country paths. The Bin It! school roadshows speaks to the generations who will have to manage future environmental issues, including those of the price to pay for individual littering, like the Spanish fridge man.

Any teachers who have yet to book a performance – or two – for their students, please call the Bin It! team on + 44 020 8973 0040. We welcome your calls or email a request to

There is a range of educational resources to support Bin It! on the website. Please visit