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Spring Clean heroes celebrated

We have awarded 4 prizes to Clean Up heroes for their efforts over our successful 2018 Spring Clean

For over ten years, we have organised a Scottish Spring Clean in April and May. This year, we set out to make our Spring Clean the best yet and we’re delighted to see a 12% increase in people participating in a Clean Up since 2017. Almost 30, 000 people the length and breadth of Scotland took part.

To celebrate the hard work our volunteers put in to their communities, we’re excited to award prizes to four Spring Clean Heroes. These are:

Next Generation Hero - Euan Hendry, Falkirk Delivers.

10 year old Euan has been supporting the work of Falkirk Delivers by creating short films about the group’s efforts to keep Falkirk clean and tidy – in particular, how people dispose of cigarette butts.

Most Transformational Community - Matt Harrison, I Love Skye.

Matt founded the I Love Skye group, which has transformed how the community participates and runs its own Clean Up activities and actively manages wider issues, such as flytipping.

Community Award - Alistair Wallace, Ayr.

Alistair has been helping Girvan Rotary Club clean their local beach for a number of years. This year, he encouraged over 50 volunteers to tackle litter on Girvan South Beach, Girvan North Beach and Ballantrae.

Special Recognition - Shetland Amenity Trust, Da Voar Redd Up.

Shetland Amenity Trust has been organising Da Voar Redd Up for over 30 years. This year, they attracted more than 4,600 volunteers who cleared 250 locations throughout the islands. In all, they collected over 65 tonnes of rubbish.

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

“We were really pleased to see so many people take part in our annual Spring Clean and delighted to celebrate the efforts of all of our special Spring Clean Heroes. Every single one has set a fantastic example and as a result of their behaviour they have motivated even more people to get involved in keeping Scotland beautiful.”

Once again, we have worked closely with our partners Greggs and Helping Hand Environmental to increase engagement and impact of our Spring Clean Clean Ups.

Jonathon Jowett, Coportate Affairs Director at Greggs, congratulated the heroes: 

"We are delighted to have supported Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Spring Clean once again this year. It’s been great to see so many communities and businesses come together to try and help clean up Scotland. This year we supported over 12,000 people by supplying them with our treats for their events. We would like to congratulate all the Spring Clean heroes for their efforts – well done!”  

This year, we have noticed an increase in marine Clean Ups. Once again, the Blue Planet effect has motivated people to take action and organise and join in with beach, river and canal Clean Ups to try and prevent litter from ending up in our marine environments. 

We have also seen a 42% increase in school-organised Clean Ups. Litter is an essential topic that schools have to tackle when achieving their Eco Schools green flag. Over 200 events were organised with schools this year. 

If you are inspired by our Spring Clean Heroes, why not organise a Clean Up near you?

28 August 2018

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