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Festival litter gets cleaned up

Edinburgh International Conference Centre volunteers have undertaken a marathon Clean Up in the final week of the Edinburgh Festival.

The thirteen-strong group walked a nearly 3.5 mile circuit around the city, clearing a full 30 bags of litter from Edinburgh's streets and parks.

However, event organiser Reynaldo Guino-o believes that the real value of Clean Ups like this is in inspiring people to do the right thing:

"It's not about the amount of litter that we collect. The most important thing is raising awareness. We were seen by thousands during the event and spoke to many people  who were curious about what we were doing. Seeing normal people cleaning up helps highlight the problem and will hopefully inspire others to do their part by cleaning up -or not throwing litter in the first place"

This Clean Up comes as the Edinburgh Festivals see the city's population nearly double, putting an extra strain on waste services.

Keep Scotland Beautiful CEO Derek Robertson said:

"As the city’s month-long festival period draws to a close, we can reflect again on Edinburgh’s success on the world stage. However, as the international media and visitors from all corners of the globe head home, and as we celebrate the city’s achievements, let’s also consider the impact that our very successful Festival has on our local environment.

The city-wide clean up should not be necessary and would not be happening if we all did the right thing with our litter."

Read the full opinion piece on Festival litter in the Scotsman.

Has this inspired you to take action against litter in your community? Find out how to register a Clean Up on our Clean Up Scotland webpages.

As the city’s month-long festival period draws to a close, we can reflect again on Edinburgh’s success on the world stage. However, as the international media and visitors from all corners of the globe head home, and as we celebrate the city’s achievements, let’s also consider the impact that our very successful Festival has on our local environment.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/derek-robertson-festival-litterbugs-must-clean-up-their-act-1-4789352
As the city’s month-long festival period draws to a close, we can reflect again on Edinburgh’s success on the world stage. However, as the international media and visitors from all corners of the globe head home, and as we celebrate the city’s achievements, let’s also consider the impact that our very successful Festival has on our local environment.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/derek-robertson-festival-litterbugs-must-clean-up-their-act-1-4789352
As the city’s month-long festival period draws to a close, we can reflect again on Edinburgh’s success on the world stage. However, as the international media and visitors from all corners of the globe head home, and as we celebrate the city’s achievements, let’s also consider the impact that our very successful Festival has on our local environment.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/derek-robertson-festival-litterbugs-must-clean-up-their-act-1-4789352
The key shift we as a society have to make is away from a focus on our success or failure in clearing up the mess (however important that is) and instead moving towards a focus on the individual responsibility of those who choose to drop litter. It should never be someone’s job to clear up after somebody else, and it wouldn’t be if we changed attitudes to litter to prevent it in the first place.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/derek-robertson-festival-litterbugs-must-clean-up-their-act-1-4789352
The key shift we as a society have to make is away from a focus on our success or failure in clearing up the mess (however important that is) and instead moving towards a focus on the individual responsibility of those who choose to drop litter. It should never be someone’s job to clear up after somebody else, and it wouldn’t be if we changed attitudes to litter to prevent it in the first place.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/derek-robertson-festival-litterbugs-must-clean-up-their-act-1-4789352
The key shift we as a society have to make is away from a focus on our success or failure in clearing up the mess (however important that is) and instead moving towards a focus on the individual responsibility of those who choose to drop litter. It should never be someone’s job to clear up after somebody else, and it wouldn’t be if we changed attitudes to litter to prevent it in the first place.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/derek-robertson-festival-litterbugs-must-clean-up-their-act-1-4789352

28 August 2018

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