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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


December 2021 - Aileen Murdoch

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.

July 2021 - Jason Wilcox

July 2021 - Jason Wilcox

Jason Wilcox was awarded for his effort setting up and supporting West Lothian Litter Pickers - a growing community on Facebook tackling litter across West Lothian.

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

October 2021 - Edith Cameron

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

June 2021 - Johnstone High School

June 2021 - Johnstone High School

Approximately 300 pupils have carried out hour-long litter picks throughout the Summer Clean with over 15,000 minutes pledged toward the UK-wide Million Mile Mission. They have collected over 60 bags of litter from their school grounds and surrounding area and contributed to keeping their part of Scotland beautiful.  

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.

September 2021 - Netta Kennedy

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.

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.

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