Cabinet Secretary joins Dennis and Gnasher to kick off Spring Clean 2019

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Spring Clean 2019 – the Scotland-wide campaign to get everyone out to help clean up Scotland.

Spring Clean 2019 will see public bodies, businesses and communities across Scotland take part in helping to remove litter from their local area – transforming the places that they live in and improving the areas they care for. Last year over 30,000 people across the country signed up to take part.

So far, over 10,000 people are registered to take part throughout April and May, and Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the Environment Secretary, joined us in welcoming their efforts and encourage even more individuals, communities and businesses to take part by arranging their own Clean Up events and helping to remove rubbish from local streets, parks and public places.

Ms Cunningham visited Dundee Law today (27th March) to take part in a Clean Up organised by members of the community and attended by Dundee City Council, representatives from Scotmid and McDonalds, St Mary’s R.C Primary School, Clean Up Heroes from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association and Dundee icons, Dennis and Gnasher.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP commented: “We are all proud of Scotland’s beautiful beaches, parks and green spaces and I have nothing but admiration for those who dedicate their own time to help keep them clean and tidy.

“Since 2012, Keep Scotland Beautiful has supported more than 600,000 people to collect an astonishing 6,000 tonnes of litter. I’d like to remind everyone to dispose of their litter responsibly so we can all enjoy our beautiful country, and thank everyone who takes part in this year’s Spring Clean campaign to make sure Scotland is looking its best all of the time.”  

The Spring Clean campaign is a key part of the wider Clean Up Scotland Campaign, which we have lead since 2012. The 2019 campaign is supported by Scotmid and Greggs. Everyone who takes part in the 2019 Spring Clean will receive a voucher for Greggs – providing the volunteers with a treat for their efforts.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented: “Keep Scotland Beautiful is looking forward to helping communities across the country over the next two months in their efforts to help Spring Clean Scotland. People still have time to sign up and take part in the campaign – joining thousands of volunteers taking to the streets and helping to remove significant amounts of litter.

“This clean up will be a real team effort – bringing together businesses, public bodies, local groups and individuals in one common aim - to remove unsightly litter from our streets and open spaces. It’s only by working together that we can make a real difference.

“We are very proud of everyone’s commitment and in helping to make 2019 the most successful Spring Clean campaign to date.”

Councillor Kevin Cordell, Dundee City Council neighbourhood resources convener, added: “I am delighted that Dundee has been chosen to launch this year's Spring Clean. Our city has a strong network of community groups and volunteers that help us to make sure that the city is looking at its best.

“I would like to thank everyone who is involved in this ongoing effort and I look forward to lots of activity during the Spring Clean locally.”


To register a Spring Clean 2019 event all people need to do is visit: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland and sign up.

27 March 2019

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