Environmental phone app helps pupils clean up school

The latest technology has turned pupils at a primary school in Kent into digital eco-warriors who keep the area around their school clean.

Using a free environmental reporting app, pupils at Bapchild and Tonge primary school identified rubbish and overflowing bins near their school.

Susannah Butcher, eco-school leader at the school, said: “It was an excellent chance for us to do some real work in trying to combat the problem of litter in the school area.

“Smartphones and tablets are a big part of children’s lives, so showing them how these can be used in a positive way made the lesson really enjoyable for them.”

The Love Clean Streets app, which is supported by the charity Keep Britain Tidy, allows users to alert the authorities to graffiti, fly-tipping, potholes, dog mess and litter in their communities. It has been modified specifically for use in primary schools.

Sophie, 11, a pupil at the school, said: “I hate seeing litter on the way to school. With the app I can let someone know where it is and it is cleaned up.”


Featured picture: Bapchild and Tonge school “eco-warriors” use the app to report an overflowing bin

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