Village cleans up in campaign

Keep Scotland Beautiful has provided a litter picking kit to Skirling Resilient Community.

Vintage view of Skirling; happily little has changed in the sixty years since it was taken
Vintage view of Skirling; happily little has changed in the sixty years since it was taken

As part of its commitment to supporting local communities, the environmental charity is creating 20 new litter picking hubs across Scotland by providing free equipment that will be available for individuals and groups to borrow, following strict social distancing and safety guidance.

Barry Fisher, Chief Executive at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “During lockdown, many of us spent time enjoying our local parks and green spaces. Lockdown showed us how important these areas are to our health and well-being.

“Unfortunately, a minority of people have behaved in an irresponsible and selfish manner, dropping their rubbish, leaving it for others to clean up and spoiling our beautiful country.

“By using the litter picking hubs, people will be able to tackle litter in the areas they care about and help Clean Up Scotland.”

The funding for the Helping Hands litter kits has been provided by Zero Waste Scotland, and will see kits containing ten litter pickers, gloves, bag hoops and hi vis vests to allow people to take part in either individual or two household litter picks.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Whether it has been our local streets, parks, woodland, countryside or coastline, recent months have highlighted how valuable our environment is to so many of us and why it needs to be kept that way.”

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Hub details are on the Clean Up Scotland website.