Our Clean Up champions are the heroes which have taken the time and effort to take part in a tidy-up of part of their community, whether it’s near their workplace, their schools, their homes or just around local streets or green areas.
I helped to launch this year’s 2016 Clean Up campaign and we hope thousands of people – young and older – will take part again this year. Clean Up Aberdeen is led by Aberdeen City Council’s Environmental Services team and people are encouraged to take part by tidying up somewhere important to their area, somewhere important for wildlife, or areas of land which are not regularly cleared of litter as unfortunately our staff can’t be in all areas all of the time.
These Clean Up Aberdeen participants help keep their community free of litter and graffiti, report incidents of fly tipping, and responsibly dispose of litter and mess in their area.
Black bin bags, litter picking tongs, gloves and high-vis vests can be provided and the City Council’s Environmental Services will uplift any rubbish collected.
We can all do our bit for the environment by not dropping litter in the first place and many of our school pupils take part in projects where this is encouraged. We hope this year’s Clean Up Aberdeen campaign will raise awareness that everyone has to do their bit to keep our city clean, safe and beautiful.
We have gorgeous green parks and impressive public spaces which are for everyone to enjoy – by working together, we can help change people’s litter dropping habits which will improve the quality of life for residents and our city wildlife, and ensure Aberdeen is a tourist destination.
Clean Up Aberdeen is part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s national campaign to encourage communities, businesses and residents to join forces to help stop litter from being dropped on the ground and to make it a socially unacceptable practise in our city. The national campaign is aimed at making Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.
Keep Scotland Beautiful has also recognised our commitment and enthusiasm to involving local people in improving local environmental quality as we were shortlisted for its 2016 Community Participation Award which is great to see all the hard work carried out by community groups and our staff being rewarded.
We hope many more people will take part in the 2016 Clean Ups – I’ve taken part in litter-picks and it really does make you feel you’re doing your bit for the community. You also get to see a bit more of our beautiful city, chat with your friends, family or co-workers and have some fun at the same time