College takes stand against rubbish

February 10, 2017

Staff and students at Chichester College have been taking a united stand against campus litter.

Spurred on by the frustration of scattered pieces of rubbish in the grounds, the college organised a special ‘Respect the Environment’ week – designed to raise awareness of the wider issue of landfill and recycling, as well as encourage people to look after their own environments better.

As part of the week, students and staff from all areas of the college – including college principal Shelagh Legrave OBE – braved the cold to go out in teams to pick up litter at both the Chichester and Brinsbury campuses.

It proved to be a great success with around 20 bags of rubbish amassed over the five days. These were collected at the front of college as a visible display to demonstrate the volume of litter.

At Brinsbury, there were ‘rubbish’ displays – with litter filling wire sculptures made by students on the college’s foundation and 14-16 courses.

Shelagh said: “We take pride in being a successful college and we have high standards – but over the past term we felt that there was a need to increase awareness about respecting our environment.

“While the message was to keep the college tidy, we also wanted our students and staff to also think about the wider impact at home and in the community.

“I was really impressed by how seriously people took the week and the dedication shown by the groups going out around college.

“And I was impressed by the level of litter collected. It wasn’t as high as I feared, which was really encouraging, and hopefully we’ll see even less now.”