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Swords Students Praised For Anti-Litter Efforts

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Students from Fingal Community College in Swords recently received top marks for their participation in an Anti-Litter waste programme.
The local students were recognised for achievements in making their school and communities more environmentally friendly places, at the annual An Taisce Neat Streets Awards Ceremony.
An Taisce presented the Neat Streets Awards to schools that reduced student littering, reduced waste and increased recycling levels over the academic year, through the student led programme.
The programme supported the students and teachers in encouraging positive behaviour at school and in the community and organised events such as, litter and waste workshops, competitions, action days, community litter-picks for participants.
The school really embraced the programme and students designed a variety of events and activities for their classmates and school friends to raise awareness of waste and litter issues and create behaviour change amongst their peers.
The programme is about students developing and delivering the message in a way they feel will be effective and included; organising green action days, setting up recycling initiatives, carrying out litter monitoring surveys, running social media campaigns, organising competitions and creating links with their wider communities.
The efforts of the local students will add to the great work of the Swords Tidy Towns groups, who work tirelessly to ensure the streets of our towns are litter free.
Special guest at the event, climate change expert Professor John Sweeney, Maynooth University, complimented students on their achievements and highlighted the importance of their collective actions in addressing the effects of climate change and improving their local environments.