November 2016
Youth Matters

PALS: Spreading the Word on Litter Prevention

Brewer High School Recyling Club

In front of a crowd of over 900 students, I kicked off 2016’s Clean Campus presentations at Brewer High School in Morgan County. This is Brewer’s first year to be a part of the Clean Campus Program, and we are so happy to have them! The Recycling Club, led by science teacher Kara Slaten, is going to be the go-to group for the Clean Campus Program at BHS.

The Recycling Club is already doing a great job recycling at the school, and they wanted the entire school to get on board with why their mission is so important. My 30-minute program helped the students understand where their trash ends up when they are done with it. When trash gets thrown away, it doesn’t just go away." The students learned it will most likely end up in a landfill or could even end up as litter. By recycling, they can ensure what otherwise would end up in a landfill can take on a new life as a recycled product.

I also took the opportunity to ask them for help in spreading the message. If each of them told just a couple of people what we discussed, the message could be spread far and wide! I especially asked them to help spread the word about accidental litter. Over 50 percent of trash is accidental, and much of that in Alabama is debris flying from truck beds. The students were asked to help spread the word about tarping large loads and avoiding lightweight trash in truck beds.

We are thrilled Brewer High School has heard the Clean Campus message and will be working toward making a difference in their community.

If a school near you could benefit from hearing my antilitter message, I can be reached by phone at 334-263-7737 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Clean Campus Program is FREE to all Alabama public, private and county schools. Schools may sign up for the Clean Campus Program online at


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.