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Young Perth trainee picks up national environmental award

Trainee working with Perth and Kinross Council and Zero Waste Perth takes home plaudit for helping to Keep Scotland Beautiful

A young Perth  man has been presented with the prestigious Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of his commitment to supporting Perth and Kinross Council,  Zero Waste Perth and community groups that have coordinated litter picks across the city. The award is part of the national Clean Up Scotland Campaign, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The award acknowledges the hard work of James Luke-Wardzinski, a Waste Services Trainee at Perth & Kinross Council, who has been instrumental in supporting Zero Waste Perth and its work with local volunteers - helping them to keep the Fair City looking spectacular.

Zero Waste Perth is an urban behavioural shift campaign being delivered by a consortium of partners, including Beautiful Perth, Perth and Kinross Council and Perth College UHI, and is funded until March 2020 by Zero Waste Scotland through the Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project aims to work with individuals, community groups and businesses to reduce waste around five key themes namely; Food Waste Prevention; Reuse and Repair; Reycyling Promotion; Resource Efficiency; and Promoting Circular Economy Opportunities with the ambition of creating a community where waste is minimised and resources remain in circulation for as long as possible.

James Luke-Wardzinski, Waste Services Trainee from Perth and Kinross Council, said:

“It truly is an honour to receive the Clean Up Hero of the Month Award. Perth and Kinross is well recognised as one of the most beautiful places to live in Scotland and I am delighted to have been able to play a part in keeping the Fair City looking spectacular.

“Working with local community groups and schools to coordinate litter picks has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my role within the council and it really is inspiring seeing so many young people like myself engaged and enthusiastic in preserving the local environment.

“We are always keen to support communities in taking a pride in their local area and we would continue to encourage local groups looking to clean up their localities to get in touch with us so we can help.”

To get involved with the Zero Waste Perth campaign head over to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zerowasteperthscotland or email zerowasteperth@gmail.com

Sam Martens, one of the project coordinators for Zero Waste Perth, nominated James for the award. Sam commented:

“James has been a delight to work with, particularly when arranging our Blue Tay for a Blue Planet litter picks across Perth as part of the Zero Waste Perth project, ensuring that we have been able to supply a large number of community groups with litter pickers, whilst being left with the thankless task of arranging uplifts of waste and maintaining the litter pickers for future picks. If it wasn't for the vital work of individuals like James, Perth certainly wouldn’t look as beautiful as it does now. I’m delighted that James is being recognised for his efforts.”

Donna Rigby, Waste Services Co-Ordinator from Perth and Kinross Council said:

“We are very fortunate in Perth and Kinross to have a large number of groups and individuals who are willing to organise local litter picks and help  improve their local environment. 

 As part of his Waste Trainee position James has helped support these groups in their efforts this year by arranging free clean up kits and ensuring the sacks of litter collected are removed following any litter picking activities. This assistance is invaluable and it’s great for this work to be recognised by James being selected as the Keep Scotland Beautiful Clean up Hero – what an honour!”

Heather McLaughlin, Community Project Officer with Keep Scotland Beautiful added:

“From recycling, reducing packaging and removing litter, Zero Waste Perth is doing a fantastic job of encouraging Perth communities to get involved, use resources efficiently and protect their beautiful city.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful recognises that there are armies of volunteers all across Scotland working very hard to clean up and green up their local area. Clean Up Scotland can help to support their efforts, as well as recognising the contribution made by individuals with our Hero of the month award.”

The Clean Up Scotland campaign encourages everyone to get involved by visiting www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland to find out how you can help with the campaign’s ambition to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.

 

23 July 2018

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