A new litter prevention project launched by Forfar Academy pupils could be rolled out to schools across the county.
In partnership with businesses and residents, the pupils have vowed to clean up the area around the school.
Part of the Clean Up Angus programme, the project aims to make it easier to dispose of rubbish and to encourage pupils and others in the community to reduce their littering.
A survey found that 84% of pupils thought areas in and around the school were moderately or heavily littered, with 32% reporting that they had dropped litter over the past month.
The school’s litter prevention charter will see recycling become a part of the standard school week and the provision of improved recycling facilities.
Litter prevention wardens will encourage anti-littering, with the help of other community and council groups, while pupils will be encouraged to take a pride in the cleanliness of their school community through incentivised house competitions.
Depute head teacher Gail McGuinness said: “Everyone at Forfar Academy is delighted to be leading the way on this important initiative.
“We recognise that there is more that we can do to improve attitudes to litter and recycling and we are keen to do this in a way that will focus on pupils being responsible members of the Forfar community.”
Councillor Ian McLaren, who is leading the project, said: “We know that simply preaching to pupils is ineffective.
“This initiative seeks to encourage pupils to find their own solutions to keep their own areas tidy.”
Councillor Jeanette Gaul, chairwoman of Angus Council’s Pride in Place group, said: “We are looking at the success of this project with a view to rolling this out to other schools across Angus.”