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Nominate a hero

In 2024 we have been delighted to relaunch our Clean Up Scotland Hero award.

Renfrewshire’s Kathreen Cannon was the first winner. Read about Kathreen and Renfrewshire's Team Up to Clean Up in our news story.

Heather Mclaughlin, our Campaigns Coordinator, said: “I am incredibly pleased to award Kathreen with our Clean Up Scotland Hero award. She’s a great role model for everyone and really deserves this recognition for her enduring determination.

“Scotland has a litter emergency, so it is more important than ever that we look after our beautiful country and keep it clean and tidy.

“Our latest report found that 90% of people believe litter is an issue across the country, so we all have a responsibility to play our part.

“We know how much people care about our environment, and I hope that Kate’s award encourages others to get involved and help us keep Scotland beautiful.”


If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their efforts to tackle the litter emergency, nominate them now. Find our hero criteria here and nomination form here. Please send questions and completed forms to

Here are some of our Clean Up Scotland heroes from previous years:

October 2022 - Reston Primary School pupils

The pupils took part in the competition, organized by Grantshouse Community Council and the school, to design a sticker for bins to deter littering. Depending on their age and stage, the pupils coloured in a poster label or designed their own posters. The winning entries were chosen by Catherine Cunnane of Grantshouse Community Council and Alice Fisher from Sea the Change. 

September 2022 - Bannockburn High School

Pupils from the Green Initiatives Skills Group took part in a Green Initiatives programme for six weeks during 2021 when they were S2 pupils, aged 12-13. They litter picked in the Bannockburn area, surveyed the litter that was found and then turned the litter into art or reusable equipment for the school.

Over 90 pupils were involved and collected 45 bags of litter!

December 2021 - Aileen Murdoch

Aileen has litter picked locally for years before working with the Winchburgh Community Growing Group to launch the Winchburgh Wombles in June 2020. She has, locally, racked up the most hours and bags as part of the groups’ overall 169 hours and 9,090 bags.

October 2021 - Edith Cameron

Edith has volunteered with local litter picks for the last six years but has become much more involved in keeping her local area beautiful in 2021. Frustrated by local problems with litter and flytipping Edith, along with her friend Aisling, decided to coordinate efforts to tackle the situation and improve the local area for everyone

September 2021 - Netta Kennedy

Netta dedicates much of her time to cleaning up her local area including the local secondary school, Marr College, and its playing fields. After noticing that litter was a particular problem around the school, she encouraged Marr College to create litter picking groups to help raise awareness of the issue and to encourage the pupils to change their behaviour. Netta also makes sure that Troon beach is kept litter free.

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