Less Litter, More Recycling Campaign

In 2022, Eco-Schools Australia is running the Less Litter, More Recycling Campaign, funded by the Department of the Environment and Energy.

A limited number of eligible Australian Eco-Schools will receive seed grants of $300 each to implement a project to reduce litter and/or improve recycling in their school and community.

Participating schools will follow the Eco-Schools seven steps and conduct two litter/waste/recycling audits to help them monitor their progress. The first audit is carried out at the beginning of their project and the second one at the end.

The campaign targets the behaviour, knowledge and opinion leadership of students. We also hope to see a 10% decrease in the amount of litter/waste production or a 10% increase in the amount of waste diverted to recycling.


  • To increase student knowledge and practical skills in preventing and managing litter and waste in the contexts of the global sustainable development agenda (SDGs).
  • To improve students’ behaviour in preventing and managing litter and waste.
  • To promote and improve the schools’ waste management.
  • To reduce the litter and waste footprint of communities through changes in students’ attitude.
  • To create documentation of good practices and disseminate through social media and website.
  • To collaborate with other schools nationally or internationally in order to disseminate good examples, encourage to take action and increase the positive impact.
  • To create responsible youth through the ES programme methodology and educational principles.

Participating schools are required to:

  • Choose one of four criteria to follow:
    • Amount of litter found in the school yard
    • Amount of litter and waste collected in the school
    • Amount of paper collected in the school or classrooms
    • Amount of waste recycled in the school or classrooms
  • Plan a problem-solving campaign based on their litter and waste issue
  • Monitor the litter/waste/recycling  produced in schools 2 times during the campaign with the aim of improving the waste management
  • Host one Community Action Day, involving the whole school, as well as parents, local stakeholders
  • Complete a final report and share pictures of the campaign

Participating schools will implement the Less Litter, More Recycling Campaign through the Eco-Schools Seven Steps:

  1. Form an Eco-Schools Committee
  2. Carry out an Environmental Review and Baseline Survey
  3. Create  and Action Plan
  4. Monitor and Evaluate
  5. Link to the Curriculum
  6. Inform and Involve
  7. Produce an Eco-Code

Please complete the Expression of Interest below and good luck!

Are you a registered Eco-School? *
To be eligible to receive a grant, schools must be registered Eco-Schools
Have you participated in a litter reduction program before? *
The emphasis is on student-led activities
e.g. what sort of event/ how many people you expect to participate/ any external organisations, businesses, groups or other schools you plan to engage with etc.