Staff and students work together to combat litter on campus

Colleagues outside Arts Tower for litter pick

A big thank you to everyone who recently joined us for our first big green event of the year. We had a fantastic turnout of staff and students for our big campus-wide litter pick.

On Friday 15 November, Green Impact organised a campus-wide litter pick to clean up our University campus. Splitting the campus up into seven key areas, staff and students attended an organised lunchtime litter pick, with the aim of collecting as much litter as possible in the designated areas in an hour. It was the first big green event of the year - an opportunity for Green Impact members to gain extra points for their teams, as well as getting involved in a positive environmental action.

Green Impact teamed up with the Student Volunteering Office as part of their 4 Weeks of Action agenda to encourage student engagement with the event, as well as the Better Points app, which meant that volunteers received double points on Step Up Sheffield. They were also joined by a team from BAM Construction, who organised a litter pick around the Social Sciences building.

Alice Potter, Sustainability Projects Assistant, Green Impact, said: “We had a fantastic turnout for the event, with over 60 staff and students taking part across the different sites. The team managed to collect around 30 bags of litter from different areas, helping to spruce the place up and spread awareness of how important it is to keep the space where we work and study clean and free of litter.”

The event was also a great opportunity for staff and students to spend their lunch hour outside in the fresh air. Volunteer, Peter Wright from Human Resources, said: “Litter picks are good for people's wellbeing as they are a simple way of doing something... rather than getting angry or frustrated at irresponsible people, doing a litter pick enables you to feel a part of the solution rather than part of the problem.”

The event was a big success and a great example of staff and students working together towards creating a better campus. If you’d like to get involved, talk to your department’s Green Impact team about organising a litter pick near your building, or email Alice Potter (alice.potter@sheffield.ac.uk) if you’re interested in setting up a departmental team.

For more information on community litter picking groups join the Sheffield Litterpickers Facebook group where you’ll find all upcoming events.