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Almost 15,000 people signed up as Spring Clean begins

Thousands of people across Scotland have signed up to help tackle the country’s litter emergency.

With Spring Clean 2023 beginning today (17 March) almost 15,000 people have confirmed their participation across 246 events. There are 73 schools registered with events happening in all 32 local authority areas. However, we want that number to be even bigger and are encouraging more people to get involved.

Spring Clean is the perfect opportunity to make a difference and the charity is calling on communities, schools, businesses and other organisations to play their part.

The Scottish Litter Survey, which we published in December last year, highlighted the negative impact litter is continuing to have across the nation. Litter remains a significant issue of public concern with 67% believing that litter is a problem in their local area, while 87% that it is an issue across Scotland.

With our inaugural Litter League beginning earlier this month and our partnership with LitterLotto offering weekly prizes between £50 and £500, now is the perfect time for people of all ages to get involved, have some fun and help us clean up Scotland.

Barry Fisher, our CEO, said: “We’ve already seen a fantastic number of people commit to our Spring Clean but we know that many more communities could join us. there are many more people litter picking who haven’t yet signed up.

“The litter issue across Scotland is as bad as it has ever been and the best way to tackle the problem is for more people to work together, and for us to collectively show the ground swell of support for more strategic action to turn the tide on litter.

“Spring Clean is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to make an impact. Every action, however small, makes a difference.

“We would love as many people as possible to take part and help us achieve our vision of a clean, green and sustainable Scotland.

“Join us. Help us clean up Scotland. The time to act is now.”

Why not organise a litter pick with friends, family, workmates or your wider community? Or find one to join in with on our Clean Up Scotland map. We now have more almost 150 Hubs across the country where you can borrow equipment too.

Inspired to take positive action? Learn more and sign up to join in here: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/springclean

17 March 2023

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