Litter and Waste

Litter & Waste is the first theme of the Green-Schools programme. The theme is a great starting point for encouraging a sense of personal pride and responsibility in tackling two visible issues in schools and communities.
Sustainable Development Goals

During the 2019-2020 year, Green-Schools students on the Litter and Waste theme diverted 9,500 tonnes of waste from landfill. That’s the same weight as 80 blue whales, or 4,500 giraffes!

Promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and coordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland). Have a question? Check out our FAQs!

Nearly all staff have come on board fully, there has been an unbelievably positive response from the school community. We have had a huge amount of positive responses and it has definitely changed the atmosphere regarding litter and waste in the school. Management have been extremely supportive. Our link with Lismore Tidy Towns has worked very well and they have been in our school regularly and we have met them in the community also. We have completed the Neat streets programme and have participated in the YRE competition for 2 years running. We have also completed a big clean up in conjunction with An Taisce. Ella Ryan from Waterford County Council has been invaluable in here advice and support. Timetabling for Green-School’s module worked brilliantly and ensured work was consistent and the feedback from students in this module has been very positive. A large number of teaching staff were allocated to this committee and their drive and enthusiasm has served us well. The grants from An Taisce really helped bring projects to light.

Overall Green-Schools has brought a change in mindset to all of our school.

Green-Schools Coordinator, Blackwater Community School, Lismore

Green Gladiators by Scoil Treasa Naofa, Dublin 8

Check out this video from Scoil Treasa Naofa – they applied for their first Green Flag award in the 2016/17 academic year and impressed with this great snapshot of their work. Thanks to Ms. Ronan and Scoil Treasa Naofa for letting us share!


We have an extensive range of resources covering all themes.

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Contact us:
Claire McDonald

Green-Schools Officer


We have an extensive range of resources covering all themes.

Let’s Talk About Rubbish! (English & Irish)

We give you the best tips and tricks to conduct a waste audit in your school! This resource is in English and Irish and is suitable for all school levels.

Case Studies

We have an extensive range of resources covering all themes.

Holy Child B.N.S

The Green-Schools committee includes the principal, four teachers, the caretaker, the cleaner and a representative from each class.


St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow

St. Mary's Secondary School is an all girls voluntary secondary school in Mallow with over 570 students.


Monard National School

Monard N.S. is a small primary school based in Monard, Co. Tipperary with six teachers and 69 students in attendance.


Dunderrow National School, Cork

Dunderrow National School is a large primary school with 17 teachers and 230 students in county Cork. 

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