Be The Change

There is a crisis in your community, and you can do something about it!


Be The Change is our response to the UK’s litter crisis, did you know that every day in the UK 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on our streets? Litter – most of which is made from plastic – knows no boundaries, once it has escaped into the environment it flows through our streets, parks, waterways and into our seas. The accumulation of plastic pollution in our environment poses a threat not only to ourselves but hundreds of species of wildlife that are dying every year due to entanglement, injury, drowning and starvation.

Be The Change offers a solution to this crisis, it challenges and empowers pupils to take a leading role in tackling this issue, stopping the flow of litter and keeping the communities they represent litter free!


Now in its third year Be The Change has worked with over 3000 pupils across the UK. Together we have implemented innovative and exciting Anti-Litter Action Plans in Essex, Birmingham, Cornwall, Newcastle, Bristol and North Devon. Pupils and teachers who take on the Be The Change challenge have the chance to leave a positive legacy for the continued collaborative protection of their schools and communities precious wild spaces.  How cool is that!?

‘Be The Change’ has been created in collaboration with education experts and designers to compliment KS2-4 curriculum requirements in a fresh and engaging way. The programme has been developed in line with the Transition Project ethos.

With Newcastle and Bristol ticked off the list the next stop for our anti-litter education programme, Be The Change, is Liverpool. In collaboration with our friends at the Greggs Foundation we are delighted to be taking Be The Change on tour once again to challenge students to take a leading role in keeping their communities litter free.

  • Be The Change Liverpool – 12th – 16th March 2018
  • Be The Change Edinburgh & Glasgow – 8th -18th May 2018
  • Be The Change Online: Lessons begin June 4th – This tour will reach the remote isolated schools in every nook and cranny of our island nation.

Anti – Litter Action Success

Introducing  RA Butler Junior School, winners of the 2016 Be The Change Essex Awards – proudly showcasing their brand new ‘House Bins’.

Year 5 teacher Liz Cobbold said “The bins have been a huge success and the children are very competitive to fill theirs up for their house team. As you can see we could buy lots of sets of  ‘House bins’ and no excuses to leave any litter around our school!”


I liked the part in the conversations where we found out about the damage done to the environment by litter – I think it will stop most of us dropping litter.

— Callum, Age 10, Great Torrington Bluecoat Primary School

Great presentation with a really important message. Lots of opportunity for the children to interact, this is key when working with primary children. Great campaign we look forward to working with SAS again in the future.

— Louise Tremewan, Marazion School

A fantastic, informative afternoon, the children really enjoyed the talk and it was great that it was so interactive.

— Emma Spence, Grade ruan CofE School

The speakers left the children with a passion to make a change, Thank You.

— Helen Law, Connor Downs Academy

Thank you again for a fantastic workshop, the children may have been very creative, but it was definitely thanks to your inspiration.

— Andrew Mills – Smiths Wood Primary School