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North-east communities urged to join Spring Clean Scotland challenge

By Alan Beresford

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THIS spring, environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling for north-east communities to join a Spring Clean challenge.

People in the north-east have been encouraged to get involved with the Spring Clean Scotland challenge.
People in the north-east have been encouraged to get involved with the Spring Clean Scotland challenge.

Spending more time outdoors was an unexpected benefit of lockdown. However, along with this renewed appreciation of nature, it has become clear that Scotland is facing a huge litter problem. Research by the charity has revealed that 88 per cent of Scots agree that litter is a problem across Scotland, with 70 per cent concerned about litter in their area.

Spring Clean Scotland aims to provide the perfect opportunity to make a difference by picking up litter on local beaches, streets, parks and beyond.

Just half an hour of picking up litter and disposing of it safely can help an area look cleaner and feel safer, and evidence shows it also prevents more litter being dropped.

Schools can get involved too. As part of Spring Clean, there is a Live Lesson open to all schools across the UK.

Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Across Scotland we have seen a steady increase in the amount of litter over the past decade.

"While this is a real challenge, we are heartened by the incredible work of litter picking heroes up and down the country.

“Our communities already play a vital role in taking action to tackle litter, with many people giving up their time to clean up their local areas despite the challenges of the last two years. We would love as many people as possible to join in and give Scotland a spring clean this March and April.

“For those that wish to take further action, the Scottish Government is currently consulting on a revised National Litter and Flytipping Strategy and you can still respond until the end of March and have #YourSayOnLitter.”

Spring Clean Scotland is due to run from March 21 to April 21. Learn more and sign up to join in at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/springclean

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