Massive increase in volunteers cleaning up Scotland

Volunteers thanked for clean up efforts as we call for even more action.


We have congratulated the efforts of almost 20,000 people from across the country for taking part in the first month of our Clean Up Scotland 2018 Spring Clean. Almost 20,000 people have taken action to remove illegally discarded litter from the places they care about.

Now, as we approach May, communities will have a further opportunity to tackle litter through a national Week of Action targeting roadside litter.  

Carole Noble, Operations Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:

“With five weeks of our Spring Clean still to go, we’re really pleased to see an 18% increase since this time last year in the number of volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves to take part in cleaning up Scotland. This unprecedented amount of support demonstrates the level of public interest and appetite for action on littering and littering behaviour.

“Now, we want to capture this interest and springboard everyone to take even more action to tackle roadside litter during a specific week of action from 12 May. We are delighted to already have almost 4,000 people signed up to take action from 68 schools, communities and businesses across 21 local authority areas.

More than 20% of the Spring Clean activities so far have set out to address roadside litter - a growing concern across the country - with more than 100 bottles and cans found on every mile of Scotland’s roads and over 80% of Scotland’s main roads affected by litter.

Everyone is invited to take part in a Roadside Litter week of action running from the 12 - 20 May - helping to raise awareness of the issue of roadside litter and spread the campaign message: Give your litter a lift, take it home!

Register a clean up with us.   Register a roadside litter action with us.

30 April 2018


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