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Push back the tide of litter for Source 2 Sea Week

We are pushing back the tide of litter on Scotland's rivers and waterways as part of our national #SpringClean19 campaign.

We are calling for communities across Scotland to take part in a series of clean-up activities, or arrange their own for our #Source2Sea Week from 4-10 May. They can help transform the areas they live in and work to stop litter from getting into local waterways and ending up in the ocean.

With 80% of marine litter originating from land-based sources, action needs to be taken to stop litter across Scotland. This means that Spring Clean activities alongside waterways could prevent marine pollution even where they take place miles away from the ocean.

Whether you live on one of the major rivers in Scotland or close to one of their many tributaries, you can make a huge difference to the amount of litter getting into our rivers this May.

Alongside McDonald’s and Scottish Canals, we are organising a week-long litter picking event as part of the #Source2Sea Week, with the following events:

● Monday 6th May 10am – Bridge 8 Hub Wester Hailes

● Tuesday 7th May 10am - Falkirk Wheel

● Wednesday 8th May 10am – Kirkintilloch Marina

● Thursday 9th May 10am – Ruchill Church

● Friday 10th May 10am – Dalmuir Drop Lock

● Friday 10th May 12pm – Bowling Beach

All of these events will welcome the Hubbub Plastic Fishing Punt, which is traveling up to Scotland to take part in the Spring Clean. The Punt is made from 99% recycled plastic and the Scottish tour is part of a larger UK-wide tour.

Derek Robertson, our Chief Executive, commented: “We are calling for everyone from across Scotland to take part in our annual Spring Clean campaign. The Source 2 Sea week allows a special focus on communities that live close to the water and the impact that litter has on our waterways and oceans.

“We are very proud of everyone’s hard work so far and hope that as many people as possible will take part - helping to make #SpringClean19 the most successful Spring Clean campaign to date.”

With 12.7 millions tonnes of litter entering our seas each year, the #Source2Sea campaign complements our ongoing Upstream Battle campaign across the Clyde valley. Both initiatives will help keep litter out of Scotland’s waterways, helping to protect and conserve the environment.

Gavin Ellis, Co-founder and Director of Hubbub said: “We’re delighted to team up with Keep Scotland Beautiful to bring the Plastic Fishing Punt to the Union Canal and Forth & Clyde Canal. The pictures we’ve received from all over the UK have shown how widespread the problem of plastic pollution is and it’s heartening to hear about the great work being done by volunteers battling to keep their local areas clean and safe for wildlife. We hope the Plastic Fishing Tour will also remind people of the importance of recycling the plastic we use in our everyday lives.”

Dr. Olivia Lassiere, Environment Manager from Scottish Canals said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Keep Scotland Beautiful to help keep our canals clean. As canal custodians, Scottish Canals has a duty of care to ensure we protect and conserve the canals and their heritage for all to enjoy. We encourage as many people as possible to come out and help clean up the canals during Source2Sea week.”

Laura Doherty, Community Manager for McDonald’s in Falkirk, Edinburgh, Grangemouth, Alloa and Stirling, and lead organiser of the week-long clean up in May commented: “McDonald’s is really looking forward to the event in May. Working with Keep Scotland Beautiful and Scottish Canals, we organised a canal clean up last year and we’re thrilled to be able to do it bigger and better. We would like to encourage everyone to come and help us clean up from ‘Source to Sea’ and make Scotland a cleaner place.”

The Spring Clean campaign is a key part of the wider Clean Up Scotland Campaign, which has been our flagship campaign since 2012. The 2019 campaign is supported by Scotmid and Greggs. Everyone who takes part in the 2019 Spring Clean will receive a voucher from Greggs - providing the volunteers with a treat for their efforts.

Register your Clean Up with us today.

11 April 2019

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