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Lid litter picker presented with top environmental prize

Volunteer recognised for clean up contribution

A West Dunbartonshire volunteer has been presented with our Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award, in recognition of his efforts to support a recent exhibition we held at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow.

Jonathan Rainey, aged 23, from Dumbarton was praised for his contribution towards the #SipDontTip exhibition. This saw him collect, in response to our public appeal, hundreds of coffee cup lids from in and around his local area. Jonathan loyally labelled each lid with details of the location that they were found and they formed an integral part of the public exhibition.

An eager environmentalist, Jonathan has, since 2014, regularly carried out Clean Ups at: the beach beside Levengrove Park, Dumbarton; Gruggies Burn, Silverton; Fisher Woods, Balloch; and Overtoun Estate Woods. He has recently started volunteering with Greenspace Scotland and will be cleaning up areas designated to him by them too. He also helps raise awareness of his efforts and other Clean Ups in the area on social media and his blog

Jonathan commented: “I would like to thank Keep Scotland Beautiful for this award. Whilst I really enjoy cleaning up litter from my local area, I wish that I did not have to. The Keep Scotland Beautiful exhibition really helped to give our littering problem some perspective and I hope that people really do stop dropping their litter. However, with that said, I think the law on reporting dog foulers and litter louts in Scotland should change. This should especially apply to when high quality video evidence of the offences and the offender(s) are gathered (along with a high chance of tracking down the offender(s) with a vehicle registration plate, for example or if they are witnessed going back into their own home after committing the offence) and a report is submitted to the relevant authority along with the right & option to report and prosecute the offender(s) anonymously if the complainant and witnesses feel there is a genuine threat of reprisals should they fully testify their full details in court in front of the offender. I briefly explained this when writing on the comments board at the end of my mother and I’s visit to the #SipDontTip exhibition.” .

“I have been cleaning up litter for a number of years and I hope that my own activities, and those of Keep Scotland Beautiful, help to inspire even more people to get involved with local clean ups and reconsider how they dispose of their rubbish.”  

Jonathan was presented with the award by Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Heather McLaughlin. The award is supported by The Helping Hand Company which provides each Hero with a Clean Up kit - including a Scottish litter picker and handy hoop. 

Heather McLaughlin, Community Projects Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented:

“It is both the individual and collective efforts of organisations and volunteers, such as Jonathan, which help to improve local spaces for local people and raise awareness of the scourge of litter sweeping across Scotland.

“I would like to commend Jonathan for his ongoing commitment to cleaning up our country. His hard work has helped to secure the success of our #SipDontTip exhibition and also helped to deliver local environmental improvements.”

The Clean Up Scotland campaign encourages everyone to get involved by visiting the Clean Up Scotland page. Help us make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe!

07 November 2017

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