Member’s mission to collect one tonne of rubbish

May 23, 2022

8 year old Explore Learning member, Harry is on a mission to save the environment. Since 18th November last year, Harry has been diligently collecting rubbish in his local community of Winnersh in Berkshire. He plans to litter pick 1 metric tonne of rubbish in the space of a year.


Harry and his family getting ready to collect rubbish


This weekend he was joined by some Explore Learning volunteers and they litter-picked nearby the Winnersh tuition centre. It turned out to be a monumental collection finding 95.7kg of rubbish in just two hours! A normal bin bag of rubbish weighs about two kilograms but this find included a lot of discarded building material which really helped add to his total. 


Harry said “I wanted to litter pick to help the environment and local community. I learnt about COP26 at school and wanted to help by litter picking. Someone else tried a similar challenge too and this inspired me. Today we collected 2 bags of materials for recycling, lots of rubbish including a boot, football, plastic tiger, cone and heaps of wood.”


Not only does Harry collect the rubbish he also sorts out anything that can be recycled. Explore Learning’s Head of Education, Charlotte Gater said “We are so proud to be able to support Harry on his mission. His dedication and resilience are an inspiration to us all. In fact, I was so inspired that I took my 3 and 4 year old nephews out to litter pick later that day.”


Harry and family litter picking outside


Harry has drummed up support from other community groups as well and has recently been recognised by the Blue Peter team with a Green Blue Peter badge for a litter pick he organised with his 1st Winnersh Beaver group. 

He is now reaching near the halfway mark of his challenge with plenty of enthusiasm to keep on going. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to supporting him again in the future. Follow Harry with his efforts on Facebook. 


Harry with fellow litter pickers

If you’ve been inspired by Harry’s determination to make a difference to the environment, take a look at our top tips below: 


Getting started with your own litter pick


  1. Take a litter picking tool.
  2. Wear strong shoes to protect your feet.
  3. Wear bright clothes – especially if you are picking litter near a road so that car drivers can easily see you.
  4. Take some sturdy bags for collecting the litter.
  5. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  6. If you find very large items of rubbish you can contact your local council to collect them.


Find out more about Explore Learning and how we inspire children to be fearless on their journey through education. Visit a tuition centre or book a free trial online with one of our inspiring tutors today. 


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