South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has signed a pledge to do her bit to Clean Up Scotland, as part of a new campaign launched by the independent environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The campaign, which will start in January, aims to empower clean-ups all over Scotland to clear the country of litter and mess. It also aims to gradually encourage zero tolerance toward the dumping of litter and mess and to change people’s behaviour.
Clean Up Scotland aims to engage 1,000,000 people across Scotland – individuals, local groups and businesses – in activities ranging from signing the pledge to organising a clean-up in their local area. The campaign will highlight the issues that affect far too many Scots, such as litter, dog fouling, flytipping, flyposting, graffiti and abandoned cars.
Commenting after signing the pledge, Ms Beamish said: “I am delighted to add my support to the ‘Clean up Scotland’ campaign and hope that it will encourage communities to rally together to keep out towns and villages litter free.
“Council staff do excellent work keeping our streets clean but we can all play our part. By signing up and organising community clean-ups, people can help to improve local spaces and send a clear message to litter bugs that their behaviour is unacceptable.
“I am aware that fly-tipping is increasingly becoming a concern for local people and I hope that the ‘Clean up Scotland’ campaign will focus efforts on this problem too. With the continuing help of local people throughout Scotland, I am confident that these pressing issues will be tackled and that we will indeed keep Scotland beautiful.”
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of the charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Scotland is a beautiful country, but it could be so much better without litter and mess. We conducted a survey showing that over half of Scots have dropped litter, and that almost half do it on an occasional or regular basis. This is more than just a visual problem – it affects our society, our health and the economy.
“It’s an unacceptable situation, and this campaign will change it. Small efforts by ordinary people can make a big difference, and we want one million people to join with us in making this campaign a success.
“I am calling on individuals, local groups and businesses to participate in activities ranging from signing the pledge on our website, to donating money to the Campaign, to organising or participating in a local clean up. We will bring the kit – all you need to do is bring yourself.” The Clean Up Scotland pledge can be signed here: www.cleanupscotland.com/pledge