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Spring Clean success across Scotland

People across Scotland have come together in their thousands to take positive action as part of our annual Spring Clean.

Between 15 March and 28 April more than 45,000 people from every local authority area across Scotland joined forces to take part in litter picks, gather data and to raise awareness of our litter emergency.

In total there were 3,564 litter picks registered, showing that people really do want to play an active part in improving the places they live, work and visit.

Across Scotland the volunteer efforts included:

  • 567 litter picks with businesses
  • 357 litter picks on beaches, rivers and canals
  • 967 litter picks led by community groups.
  • 399 litter picks involving schools, young people and educators.

Our Litter League competition, returning for a second year, was once again a great success with young people completing 185 clean ups across 30 local authority areas.

Barry Fisher, our Chief Executive, said: “Although 90% of people agree litter is a problem across our beautiful country, what is inspiring is just how many thousands of people have played their part and enthusiastically joined a litter picking event during #SpringCleanScotland – an increase in 15,000 people from last year.

“I’d sincerely like to thank everyone who took part, giving up their time and showing just how much they care about keeping Scotland beautiful. Your commitment to tackling the litter emergency is extremely appreciated.”

Spring Clean Scotland is our annual challenge to tackle Scotland’s litter emergency, and follows the publication of the Scottish Litter Survey which found that seven in 10 people believe litter is a problem locally and 85% of people want to see more efforts to prevent litter in their area.

We're delighted to also share our 2024 Spring Clean report, showcasing the amazing achievements of this year's campaign.

Learn more about our work to tackle the litter emergency on our litter page.

05 June 2024

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