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Nominate a hero

During lockdown we know there has been active individuals in communities across Scotland helping us clean up litter. We want to recognise these individuals to celebrate their hard work whilst also inspiring others to do something about the problem. 

Find our hero criteria here and nomination form here. Please send questions and completed forms to cleanup@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

Here are our most recent Clean Up Scotland heroes


May 2021 - David Spence

May 2021 - David Spence

David was first bitten by the litter picking bug in 2018 and since then has made it a regular part of his life. He can now be found cleaning up his local area at least twice a week and dedicates many hours of his time to removing litter from Fife streets. He is part of the group Fife Street Champions, which has over 2,400 followers!

Lockdown Litter Heroes

Lockdown Litter Heroes

We’re delighted to have recognised four individuals who had been tackling lockdown litter in their community. Without our active supporters across the whole of Scotland the litter situation would be far worse.

Find out more about our amazing ‘lockdown litter heroes’ here.

October 2019 - Sally Clough

October 2019 - Sally Clough

Sally Clough from Inverclyde has been presented with the award for her with Belville Community Garden, one of our Upstream Battle Anchor Groups. Sally has taken an active role organising Clean Ups and gathering data along their watercourse. 

July 2019 - Spring Clean Heroes

July 2019 - Spring Clean Heroes

We have revealed the four award winners recognised for their heroic efforts in our annual Spring Clean.

The winners shone in our Clean Up Scotland events which saw a record total of 45,000 people taking part.

Learn about our four Spring Clean heroes here. 

April 2019 - Victoria Primary pupil

April 2019 - Victoria Primary pupil

The pupil attends Victoria Primary School in Newhaven, received the award for his continued commitment to picking up litter with Victoria After School Club, especially on the local beaches due to his concern for the affects that plastic has on sea life.

April 2021 - Zach Gilmour

April 2021 - Zach Gilmour

Zach Gilmour aged 5 from Paisley got the litter picking bug after going out on a clean up with his granddad, Tony Green. He can now be found picking up litter at least a couple of times a month, and a favourite spot to keep looking neat and tidy is around and about his school, St Paul’s Primary.

Zach also recently completed a litter pick with the rest of his primary 1 class and was rewarded for his efforts with a school recycling award. 

December 2019 - Arbroath FC

December 2019 - Arbroath FC

The club have been working with local volunteer group, Angus Clean Environments (ACE) to change behaviours and tackle the culture of litter at the stadium and reduce the amount of litter left behind after matches. This includes bin placement and having their own Litter Heroes at matches. 

Read more about the hard work from the club here

September 2019 - Marion Montgomery

September 2019 - Marion Montgomery

Stonehaven school teacher Marion Montgomery has received our ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of her online campaign to get people and their pooches involved in cleaning up their local area.

June 2019 - Neil Paterson

June 2019 - Neil Paterson

Neil Paterson, from the local group “Renfrew White Cart River Bank Nature Spot” has scooped national recognition for his work in coordinating litter picks and clean ups. Find out more about their work on their Facebook page.

March 2019 - OneKind volunteers

March 2019 - OneKind volunteers

OneKind organised a large group beach clean up of Leven Beach and joined forces with Fife Street Champions, Happy Beaches Fife and Scottish Beach Finds to collect 450 litres of rubbish in the one session and expanded their engagement and reach. 

Read more here. 

December 2020 - Laura, Carla and Caitlin

December 2020 - Laura, Carla and Caitlin

Our Christmas Clean Up Scotland Hero status to a family in Cambusbarron, Stirling, who have been dedicated to clean up their local community this year by using one of our brand new Community Clean Up Hubs.

November 2019 - Bank Street and Area Residents and Traders Association (BARTA)

November 2019 - Bank Street and Area Residents and Traders Association (BARTA)

In November, we presented Bank Street and Area Residents and Traders Association (BARTA) with the award to recognise the work undertaken by the group to remove litter from local streets and gardens in Hillhead, Glasgow.

August 2019 - Melanie Roccio

August 2019 - Melanie Roccio

Melanie, who lives at Fisherrow, launched the Don’t Mess with Mussy Facebook page in January 2019 with the hope that it would inspire even more local people to take action against litter.

Check out their Facebook page for more information!

May 2019 - Peter MacBride

May 2019 - Peter MacBride

Peter, aged 76, has been leading a team of six people who have cleaned over 18km of coastline around Tighnabruaich over five months. Over this period, Peter has helped to organised enough help to remove more than two tonnes of plastic waste from the local environment. Find out more here. 

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