First virtual Bin It! litter roadshow gets under way across Galway

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Galway Daily news First virtual Bin It! litter roadshow gets under way across Galway
The Bin IT! Roadshow duo Doc and Taylor, played by actors Brían Ó Súilleabháin and Laura O’Leary, discuss the different influences in society that can impact litter management

The annual nationwide Bin It! litter programme has launched its new virtual Bin It! Hit Record Show which is rolling out in schools across Galway.

The show is being launched in 47 secondary schools across Galway to educate and raise awareness of issues surrounding litter and the impact it can have on communities.

Bin It! Hit Record replaces the annual in-person national roadshow, which has been postponed in 2021 because of the pandemic.

Along with the show, the virtual programme includes an adaptable teaching resource, with lessons focusing on the science behind littering, the behaviour of littering, and what can be done to change people’s attitudes about it.

Bin It! Hit Record will provide teachers with information on how to deliver the lesson programmes and how to adapt the content to suit their needs and effectively engage students.

Central to the free teaching resource is a series of short videos which will follow main characters Doc and Taylor from the roadshow who will look at four key areas of littering.

Students will also have the opportunity to conduct practical experiments from the roadshow and experience what it is like to be a key decision maker when it comes to managing litter.

Bin It! is entirely funded and supported by the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) to help tackle that sticky problem.

Chairman of the GLT, Paul Kelly said, “Like many other environmental initiatives, Bin It! has had to be creative in how it continues to educate students around the topic of litter.”

“As younger generations are more aware about the global environmental challenges that we are facing, and are eager to learn and enact positive change, it is important that the Bin IT! education programme continues to evolve.”

Since 2006, and aside from last year’s cancellation, the Bin It! campaign has toured 580 schools around the country, drawing in over 64,000 students with actor-led workshops.