12 year old litter picker presented with environmental award

Victoria Primary School pupil recognised for commitment to cleaning up

We are delighted to present a pupil, aged 12, from Edinburgh with the Clean Up Scotland “Hero of the Month” award. The accolade, which is part of our national Clean Up Scotland campaign, recognises his enthusiasm to clean up litter in Edinburgh.

The pupil attends Victoria Primary School in Newhaven, received the award for his continued commitment to picking up litter with Victoria After School Club, especially on the local beaches due to his concern for the affects that plastic has on sea life.

He said "People should think about our local wildlife and creatures in the sea. Surely it is not difficult to put your litter in a bin or in your pocket until you get home, you are saving their lives". Victoria After School Club encourage kids to consider the long term impacts of litter on the River Forth and isundertaking long term recycling/upcycling projects. The children are also encouraged to take small steps to help the environment, including reusing drinking bottles and making their own sandwiches.

The club is currently working with the kids to make "new" clothes and accessories out of old clothes that the children have brought in, which we will show off to all the parents at our AGM.

Moira MacDonald, Manager Victoria and Trinity After School Clubs, commented: We would like our future generation to not be a throw away society. Taking care of our environment is a long term project for us, one we are all passionate about.


Today, April 16, the hero was presented with the award by Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Heather McLaughlin and Lindsay Richmond-Kearns from Helping Hand Environmental. The Hero of the Month award is supported by The Helping Hand Company which provides each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.

Heather McLaughlin, one of our Community Project Officers, commented:

“I would like to congratulate  his hard work and dedication. “I would also like to recognise Victoria Primary for leading the way in helping the pupils to think about their rubbish and how to reduce it - creating a future generation of environmentalists.”

The Clean Up Scotland campaign encourages everyone to get involved by visiting www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland to find out how you can help with the campaign’s ambition to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.


16 April 2019

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