PUPILS from schools across the city have used art to improve their environment.

Now a selection of their artworks have been used to decorate city street litter bins to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish in the right way.

Pupils from four schools in Easterhouse and Govanhill took part in community consultation events designed to find out what people want for their area.

Art was used a means to gather views and it was clear from the pupils’ paintings that improving local environments was high on their list of concerns.

Six of the paintings by pupils from Oakwood, Aultmore and St Benedict’s Primary School in Easterhouse along with one from Annette Street Primary were randomly chosen by the council’s Neighbourhoods and Sustainability team.

In the south of the city, Govanhill Housing Association worked with Annette Street Primary school and community safety services to develop art to educate people the correct usage of street bins.

The Eco Committee and Pupil Council designed posters which were put to a public vote through the Govanhill Housing Association Facebook Page, the school and the Govanhill Community Development Trust centre on Allison Street.

The Eco Committee’s clear design showing the right and the wrong way to use the bins came out top receiving 141 votes.

All of these paintings have now been printed up and added to the bins in Easterhouse and Govanhill to add colour to the community, but also to promote a responsible attitude to litter and the environment.

Councillor Anna Richardson said the pupils’ artwork showed that young people are concerned about their environment, but also that they want people to take greater care of their surroundings.

Councillor Richardson said: “These are fantastic images that show young people are passionate about their environment.

"They also highlight an important lesson for all of us that using street bins to get rid of your rubbish makes a real difference to our communities.

“There is no excuse for dropping litter on the street and it obviously has a negative effect on people as they go about their daily lives.

"We really hope these images strike a chord and encourage greater use of the city’s street bins.

"We all want a cleaner Glasgow and everyone has a part to play in achieving that.”

The pupil’s artworks will be shown on seven bins in Easterhouse and sixteen in Govanhill.

The bins form part of the £3 million programme to introduce 5200 new street bins across Glasgow, which will increase the city’s street bin capacity by at least 60 per cent.

Part of the programme also includes deploying 400 sensors on to bins that indicate when the bins are reaching capacity.

The information gathered helps staff to organise collections routes and how often bins should be emptied – either more than once a day, every day, every second day or every fourth day.

The roll-out of the new street litter bins is expected to be complete by the end of this year and an audit by Keep Scotland Beautiful last year found the new bins were contributing to reductions in street litter