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Our Spring Clean was a massive success this year. Thank you to all those who organised and took part in a Clean Up event in April and May. Keep up the great work and let's try to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe!

There are many different ways to help improve your local area. Organising a local Clean Up event is a great way to make a real difference and we have lots of information to help you, including our Clean Up information and survey pack.

If you would like to join a Clean Up happening near you, have a look at our events near you page to see what’s going on in your local area and find out how you can join in.  If there are no events currently open in your area, you can have a look at our guidance on organising a Clean Up

Another option for taking action against litter is to carry out a litter survey.  This simple survey covers a 100 metre stretch, is easy to complete and is fully explained in our Clean Up info and survey pack.  It is a great way of fully understanding the littering situation in your area and beginning to structure your priorities for future action.  In addition, by sending the results back to us, you will be helping us to build a community led picture of Scotland's local environmental quality.

If you don’t feel you have enough time to take part in a Clean Up event, then how about taking part in our #2minuteCleanUp? We will send you everything you need to spend just two minutes of your day cleaning up a local area. You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make in such a short amount of time. And, if everyone spent just two minutes a day cleaning up a local area imagine the difference we could make to our local areas.

You and your local community may want to sign our pledge to show your commitment to do your bit to Clean Up Scotland.

If you are interested in doing even more to prevent litter, check out our Litter Pick Plus toolkit, which is packed full of further project ideas and advice for you to try.

We have a range of mascot costumes which are free to hire for community groups, schools and organisations. We want to support you to tailor campaigns in your local community and mascot costumes are a fun way of raising awareness of serious environmental issues. We also have a Handicart available to borrow.  The cart makes it easier to separate litter into recycling on the go and to transport the litter over a variety of terrains.

The costumes and Handicart are currently free to borrow, however, donations are welcomed and can be made by visiting our Support Us page.

Does someone you know go that extra mile to keep their local area clean? Why not nominate them for our Clean Up Hero award? There’s even a great prize for those who are awarded.


Our innovative Neat Streets campaign
Neat Streets was our innovative anti-littering campaign, based in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, and which ran through 2016. The purpose of the campaign was to decrease litter using a variety of methods, from promoting civic pride in the Grassmarket to offering easier and interesting ways for people to responsibly dispose of their rubbish.

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