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Hundreds team up to make it a Spotless September in Renfrewshire

Volunteers from across Renfrewshire hailed the Spotless September Challenge a success as they took to the streets to make a difference to the cleanliness of their local area.

More than 700 inspiring local people, both young and old, took part in more than 20 Clean Ups as schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers donned their bibs and set out with their litter picker to Clean Up their community.

A fantastic 280 bags of rubbish were collected by Renfrewshire Council's StreetScene team as part of the joined-up approach which the Team Up to Clean Up campaign has become known for. 

Jake Fulton, Houseton Litter Crew, said:

"We were delighted to have taken part in the Spotless September Challenge. Litter Picking is such a worthwhile thing to do in support of our community and to be part of a Renrewshire-wide event makes if all the more meaningful and special . 

Team Up to Clean Up is a wonderful initiative, which mobilises and assists communities to improve their environment. It creates a sense of momentum, it brings communtiies together and it allows new friendships to form. "

Litter picks are supported by Community Wardens who offer advice, encouragement and the equipment to take part. 

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renrewshire Council's Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said:

"I'm continually astounded by the support and enthusiasm that the community put behind the Team Up to Clean Up campaign and this weekend of action is yet another example.

We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we're sweeping the streets, clearing gullies and collecting litter more often than has been done before as we realise that commitment is needed on both sides to make this campaign a success."

To close the weekend, a special thank you event was hosted at Paisley Town Hall to pay tribute to local people who have driven the campaign forward from the grassroots level. Local groups were awarded certificate of appreciation as they gave short presentation on why they've taken part and what they have achieved so far.

Councillor McEwan added:

"I was delighted to see such a great turnout for the thank you event as we wanted to show our appreciation for all the fantastic work which local people carry out. It's great to see people taking a real pride in their community and taking it upon themselves to make a difference, be it a two minute Clean Up on their way home of an afternoon spent cleaning up the local park.

We'll continue to do our bit and I know that these inspiring people will continue to do theirs, who's going to join them?"

The Team Up to Clean Up campaign bas been allocated £2.5million across five years to make a difference to the local environment in Renfrewshire.

As part f the investment an increased programme of road sweeping and gully cleaning is in place, as well as six community litter pickers across Renfrewshire and an enhanced Rapid Response Team who deal with roadside litter and local community issues.

For more information on the campaign and how to get involved visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

Campaigns like Team Up to Clean Up can contribute massively to local environmental quality. With litter and flytipping at its worst it has been in a decade we need all the support and effort we can get to help keep Scotland beautiful.

If you'd like to get involved in Clean Ups across Scotland find out how you can help on our Clean Up Scotland webpages

05 October 2018

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