Litter Pick-Up

This activity will help students to look at the relationships between individuals, their community and their environment, and consider the environmental consequences of their actions.



  • Read the news article about Canadian shoreline litter with your class. Discuss the kinds of litter the students see in the community and where they have seen it.
  • Discuss litter pick-up safety with your students (e.g. wear gloves, use grabbers/tongs, things that are unsafe to pick up like broken glass and needles).
  • Collect litter from the school grounds or community spaces and decide how much of what has been collected is trash and how much could be recycled or re-used.

 Extension Activities

  • Find ways to make use of the reusable items where possible.
  • Lead a community clean-up on Earth Day.

Materials needed

  • Tally sheet
  • Gloves
  • Grabbers/tongs
  • Garbage and recycling bags
  • Pen/pencil/marker