Organise a Clean Up
Organising a Clean Up is a great way to get your neighbours involved in taking pride in your local area. Our Spring Clean this year was a massive success, So far we have had an 40% increase in Clean Ups on last year. If you are a local business, getting customers and staff involved in a clean up is a great way to show your business cares about the local community.
Where to begin
Firstly, create or log into your Clean Up account and then register each Clean Up event you are organising. You can order a Clean Up kit from the registration page, which includes protective tabards, stickers for children and a poster to advertise your event. Please give us at least two week's notice of your order as we have to parcel and post them individually.
Even if you do not require a Clean Up kit, please register your activity with us so that we can show the vast amount of work and effort that is being made to keep Scotland beautiful.
Our Clean Up info and survey pack explains the stages of setting up your event in more detail, including a five point pre-event checklist. It also talks you through completing one of our litter surveys. In addition, it has useful contacts for each local authority, a guide to staying safe and on the day advice.
It also explains how to carry out a litter survey, a great way of understanding what, and where, any issues are locally. This simple survey can be done as part of, before or after your event and will allow you to monitor the littering situation in your area. By sharing the results with us, you will also be helping us to build a community led picture of Scotland's local environmental quality.
If you are interested in Clean Up kits and equipment all our volunteers and groups are able to get 15% off any order from Helping Hand Environmental from their website - simply put in KSBGROUP as the discount code. Order forms, with the discount already applied, can be found under 'Related Documents' at the bottom of the page.
If you take any photographs during your Clean Up event, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for us to use on our social media to give you and your community some extra promotion.
The Old Coach House Clean Up is a great example of how a litter pick can transform a local eyesore, sparking transformation to create something beneficial for the community. The annual Clean Up was so successful that the local community began to consider what the potential of The Old Coach House site was, if it remained clean and litter free. They decided to turn the site into an attractive community garden to be used by everyone.
The project was supported by North Ayrshire Council, the Christian Action Group, Neighbourhood Watch, the Community Pay Back scheme and many local businesses. Flower beds, benches and a children’s play area are all in the pipeline which were instigated by interested people coming together to litter pick and plan for the future.
Local resident and volunteer in the project, Norrie Brown, believes that now the site has been transformed “from an ugly unkempt wasteland into something attractive” which will “be enjoyed by everyone and will hopefully attract visitors to the town.”