South Ayrshire joins national spring clean

OVER 2000 children and 280 adults from South Ayrshire were amongst nearly 118,000 volunteers from across Scotland who gave their time in April and May to support National Spring Clean, run by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

In South Ayrshire, groups from community councils, schools, student volunteer groups, youth groups, businesses, guides and scouts, environmental trusts, council staff, and churches all pulled on their yellow Keep Scotland Tidy tabards and spent time cleaning up different locations.

Queen Margaret Academy cleaned up their school grounds, in Dailly there were clean ups in the local neighbourhood, the riverside and nearby woodland; at Doonfoot there were litter picks at the beach, school grounds and tourist hotspots; In Girvan there were clean ups at the beach, in the local neighbourhood and at the riverside and in Ballantrae And Colmonell villages there were also clean ups.

The result of all the hard work is that 16 public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, rivers/canals/loch-sides, beaches, country parks, road verges, villages and town centres in South Ayrshire will be litter free for summer.

Volunteers picked up thousands of discarded juice and alcohol bottles, cans, crisp bags, cigarette ends, filled dog poo bags and fast food wrappers.

Across the nation, using litter pickers and gloved hands each person collected on average one and a half black bags of waste – this means that 120 bags of litter were collected during every hour of every day of National Spring Clean 2012.

Many groups also recycled the litter they collected this year, helping reduce the amount going to landfill and supporting Scotland’s zero waste targets. Zero Waste Scotland provided funding to support the campaign.

Helen Darvill, Environmental Quality Coordinator at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “I am astounded by the number of people who have given up their time this year to keep their own parts of Scotland beautiful. It is a real achievement that 2,460 people from South Ayrshire came out in force to take part in National Spring Clean 2012, and I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has been involved – from the local authorites, businesses, schools and nurseries, community councils, and enthusiastic individuals – you all deserve a massive pat on the back. Keep Scotland Beautiful shares the government’s vision for Scotland to be cleaner, greener, safer and more sustainable, and everyone involved in National Spring Clean is helping Scotland achieve this.”

National Spring Clean 2012 may be over but people can still organise and take part in clean up events throughout the rest of the year. Clean Up Kits can be ordered online at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupkit. In addition, Zero Waste Scotland has also today launched a new £250,000 fund to give community groups, as well as local authorities, businesses and landowners an opportunity to trial innovative projects to prevent littering in the first place. For more information about the fund, visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/litterfund