Clean Up Scotland
Clean Up Scotland is our national campaign to build community pride and make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe. But, with litter and flytipping levels at the worst in a decade, we need all the help we can get.
The Scottish Spring Clean takes place during April and May and supports the delivery of the Scottish Government national litter strategy to change littering behaviour. Greggs supported us again this year, and provided free treats to groups across Scotland.
Clean Up Scotland is unique to Scotland. However, we are supportive of all campaigns to tackle litter and littering behaviour in the UK (Great Plastic Pick Up), Europe (Let's Clean Up Europe) and globally .
Across Scotland we continue to develop and support local groups and organisations by providing Clean Up kits, posters, and other materials to help spread the message that a litter free environment is beneficial for well-being, community spirit and environmental sustainability. To date, Clean Up Scotland has supported over 580,000 participants to remove over 5,500 tonnes of litter. To recognise the contribution made by individuals, we have awarded monthly Hero status to outstanding individuals and groups since 2013.
We also coordinate national supporters for Clean Up Scotland, including politicians and government, small and large businesses, public bodies and charities. Organisations such as Young Scot, McDonald's, Historic Environment Scotland, BT, Scottish Water, SSE, Wrigley, The Scottish Government and all of Scotland’s local authorities have already committed to supporting the campaign. Keep an eye on our latest new supporters here.
With these supporters, we are leading the campaign against litter and assembling a national coalition for action, challenging our society’s relationship with litter. However, we want to go further. We want to increase awareness and understanding of litter prevention with new audiences, bringing even more people into the campaign. By working to change long-term behaviour, we are aiming to make dropping litter as socially unacceptable as drink driving is today.
Litter Pick Plus
Litter Pick Plus looks at all of the additional factors that link together to make an area clean and green. By going beyond normal Clean Ups and continuing to look after the area once it has been cleaned, we want to focus on preventing litter in the first place. We have developed the Litter Pick Plus toolkit to assist you to get even more out of your Clean Ups. It offers suggestions on how to add extra activities to your Clean Ups, how to communicate about your events and how to turn these into an effective local campaign.