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What Clean Up support does your community need?

Last week’s Q&A session for our Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood groups focused on litter and anti-social behaviour.  We heard from two of our amazing groups – Winchburgh Community Growing Group and East Haven Together – on their approaches to tackling this issue, and we also heard from Paul Wallace, our Campaigns & Social Innovation Manager and Heather McLaughlin, Campaigns Officer who outlined our latest research into littering, what we have been doing during lockdown and our plans for the future.  You can watch the recording of the session here. We also have a new Supporters Pack which highlights a list of things you can do as an individual or community group to tackle litter in your community which you can download here.

Our Clean Up Scotland campaign needs to work for you. We want to support you with your clean up efforts and others in your community. We also want to help you campaign to PREVENT litter from being a problem. Have you got any ideas about how we might be able to support you with this? We’ve pulled together a one page survey to collect your ideas. We’re asking you to please complete it, be inventive and honest about your answers. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. And hopefully the campaign can be shaped to focus our support for groups like yours. Please fill out the survey here by Friday 31 July: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CUS2020

Opportunity to become a community clean up host – get a free community clean up kit!

And finally – we might have an opportunity for up to 20 groups to receive a ‘community clean up kit’. This kit would include 10 litter pickers, 10 sets of gloves, 5 hoops and 5 high vis vests. It will also include guidance and disinfectant wipes and spray. We are looking for community groups to become ‘hosts’ of this kit. The kit would be yours to use and to keep. To be a host you need to:

  • Have an area to store the equipment
  • Be able to support other groups and individuals nearby with litter picking
  • Be comfortable with sanitising the equipment between uses
  • Be happy to have your group listed on an updated Clean Up Scotland map as a ‘community hub’ for others to see and get in touch with.

At the moment we are looking for groups to express an interest. If we are successful in moving this forward we would look to work on a first come, first serve basis whilst also ensuring we had good geographic spread (it might be worth coordinating a response with nearby groups). Please get in touch if you’re interested in becoming a host of a community clean up kit by replying to this email.

Any questions about the above, please drop Heather, our Clean Up Scotland campaign lead, an email: heather.mclaughlin@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

22 July 2020

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