Grab your marigolds and your bin bags and help rid the nation of litter. Keep Scotland Beautiful’s annual National Spring Clean is coming to an unsightly mess near you.
What’s your campaign called?
National Spring Clean
What’s the point?
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean is Scotland’s biggest annual litter clean up. Taking part is a great way to make a difference to your favourite place in Scotland and improve your local environment.
Why should we care?
Keep Scotland Beautiful carried out a survey showing 50 per cent of us are angered by litter found in our neighbourhoods. So it’s no surprise that we often moan about it spoiling our parks and endangering our children. Taking part in National Spring Clean is a great way to raise awareness, reduce the amount of litter in your favourite place and improve your local neighbourhood. It also encourages communities to get to know each other better and work together.
Who else cares?
In 2011, nearly 100,000 of you helped clear up more than 1,000 tonnes of litter from over 1,500 different locations. So we know that it’s an important issue for many of you.
Who are you targeting?
This year we’ve set ourselves the ambitious target of getting 200,000 volunteers to take part. Families, friends, colleagues, schools, faith groups, scout troups, neighbours, community groups…the possibilities are endless! A clean up is something that nearly everybody can do and it’s a great way of spending a couple of hours doing something healthy, sociable and good for the environment.
What will a better world look like?
Here at Keep Scotland Beautiful we’re working for a clean, green and sustainable Scotland.This is quite a big task, and not one that we can achieve alone, which is why we do a whole heap of stuff with a whole range of people. We help communities to improve their local environment through campaigns like National Spring Clean, educate and inspire young people through the Eco-Schools programme, share best practice with local authorities through our Sustainable Scotland Network and work in partnership with organisations such as Zero Waste Scotland.
What can we do?
Take part this year; it’s really easy to do and free. This year’s campaign runs from 1 April to 31 May 2012. The first thing to do is to decide on an area that you’d like to clean up. It could be your local park, a favourite beach, the route of your Sunday walk or an unloved piece of land that you pass everyday. Then rally some willing volunteers and sign up to receive your Clean Up Kit. Your kit contains everything you need to get started including tabards, posters, a “how to” guide and details on how you can get the rubbish and recyclables you collect picked up afterwards.
To find out more visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/springclean. So this spring why not spend an hour or two with your family, friends, colleagues or community group to improve your favourite place.