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Renfrewshire school litter picking champions are Clean Up Scotland Summer Clean Heroes

23 June 2021

Johnstone High School, in Renfrewshire, recognised for commitment to cleaning up their local area

We're delighted to give a ‘Summer Clean’ Hero Award to Johnstone High School students in Renfrewshire. Recognising the school’s contribution to our Clean Up Scotland campaign, and particularly the Summer Clean, it will be given additional litter picking equipment, provided by Helping Hand Environmental, to support future litter picking events.

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.  

Miss Semple, Geography teacher Johnstone High School commented: “Throughout this very fractured year, our pupils at Johnstone High School have not had the opportunity to work as a team and get outdoors. Once they were allowed back in the building, they themselves became aware of the littering problem in their local area and were keen to get outside and do their part for their community. We are exceptionally proud of our young people, and it is our intension to keep up the good work next year.”

The school pupils joined almost 2,400 other volunteers across Renfrewshire who have carried out litter picks this year as part of the council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, Depute convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said, In what has been the most difficult year, our Team up to Clean Up campaign has continued to go from strength to strength and I’m so proud of the work that is ongoing to make Renfrewshire, and in connecting with this national campaign, Scotland a cleaner, greener place to live.

“It has been inspiring to see so many people from Renfrewshire get involved in tackling litter and I know that we have played an important part in helping reach the million miles of litter picking target across the UK as part Scotland’s Summer Clean”.

Heather McLaughlin, one of our Campaigns Officers, said: “It’s inspiring to see young people taking responsibility for tackling litter in their community. By going out so often they have made a huge difference and demonstrated a real commitment to helping us keep Scotland beautiful.

“Lockdown has made us really appreciate our local outdoor spaces, and it is important that we keep them clean and tidy. We are delighted to see so many people, across the whole of Scotland, help us tackle litter as part of our Summer Clean this year.  Through our Clean Up Scotland campaign we will continue to support them to make a real difference in their community.”

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