Bin It Don't Block It

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This game encourages the group to think about what they put down toilets and drains and the effect it can have on our waterways.


Bin It Don't Block It Cards from WaterAid Resource Pack (A Million Hands)


Explain to the young people that they are going to be thinking about waterways such as canals and rivers locally, and how we are responsible for making sure that they do not get polluted or contaminated
The young people should start thinking about how they dispose of their own waste
Play the Bin It Don’t Block It game
Give the young people a set of Bin It, Don’t Block It cards and ask them to sort them into bin it items and items they can flush down the toilet
To gather feedback from the game, split the room into two halves
One side of the room is ‘bin it’ and the other ‘flush it’
Read out each item and ask each group to move to the side of the room they placed the item being read out
Ask if they have ever put these items down the drains? Will they think twice before they do this again?

Bin It, Don’t Block It answers
Bin it: Wet wipes, dead animals, tights, sanitary products, food waste, cotton wool, oil, hair, dental floss, nappy, kitchen roll, plasters and bandages, razors, nail clippings
Flush it: Urine, poo, vomit, toilet roll


  • water, global issues, environment

Badge Links

  • Global Issues - [NONE]
  • Teamwork - Team game