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4 Steps to Enter YRE Litter Less Competition

Young Reporters for the Environment engages students in environment-focused citizen journalism, looking at issues and solutions and reporting on them through articles, photos, or videos.

YRE uses a tried and tested four-step methodology:

1.        Investigate

See here for video tutorials for creating inspiring articles, photos and videos: 

 TIP! Focus on the ‘Hotspots’ for litter: “Litter is Waste in the Wrong Place!”
  • Town centres
  • Routes to schools
  • Fences around schools and garden beds
  • Near shops selling ‘food on the go’
  • Play areas and parks where groups gather
  • Canals, rivers or lakes
  • Railway stations
  • Car parks
  • Shopping areas etc.
In your investigation try to answer these questions:
  • Who was involved?
  • When did it take place / How long has this been going on for?
  • What did people do/think?
  • What did you do in response to this issue?
  • Where did you go to look for information?
  • Why were you concerned? Why did you decide to follow this course of action?
  • How did you get involved?
  • How did people feel?
  • What are the targets of your campaign in your area?
  • What is preventing people from becoming involved?
  • How many people recycle in your neighbourhood?
  • How many recycling bins are there in your neighbourhood?
  • Are there other clean-up projects taking place during the year to tackle litter?

  2.        Research and Propose Solutions

Propose solutions to a local problem or issue related to litter or waste:

  • Having identified a litter and / or waste issue in your locality, now it’s time to identify a possible solution.
  • Be sure to evaluate its likely effectiveness, giving reasons for and against (pros and cons)
  • Try not to propose a solution on your own. Use local stakeholders or / and international sources to get knowledge and recommendations on successful campaigns that have worked elsewhere. E.g. Promoting Keep-cups or similar solutions to single use plastics.
Use your creativity to make things happen.

  • What new product, service or infrastructure could be introduced to tackle the issue?
  • Undertake a survey on recycling rates at school/at home and identify areas for improvement;
  • Link into other environmental areas – food waste, carbon reduction, marine litter, biodiversity
  • Promote or take part in a waste- reduction event;
  • Promote non-packaging products at local supermarkets.



3.        Report


Report on a local litter or waste issue and its possible solution through a journalistic production, targeting a local audience:

  • Identify your target audience and choose the best way to reach and communicate with them, i.e. which media are they most likely to read/watch/listen to?
  • Plan how you will report on the problem and/or issue (who needs to be informed? how? when?) and use the appropriate journalistic format and style
  • Create an article, photograph or a video that documents the litter problem and/or issue; where possible you should suggest a solution
  • Take a positive approach to inspiring change and finding a solution to the litter problem

4.        Inform

Share (disseminate) your work to a local audience through the media, e.g. social media, newspaper, magazine, radio, television, exhibition, local events, etc.

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