Southesk Primary lead the way locally

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SOME 2,155 children and 373 adults from Angus were amongst 117,734 volunteers from across Scotland who gave their time in April and May to support National Spring Clean, run by Scotland’s leading charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Southesk Primary School organised their litter pick for April 20. The entire school took part, and Beth Dow commented: “Our clean-up event was very successful and all our children from nursery to P7 were allocated an area of the school grounds to carry out their litter pick. Classes were paired together to carry out their litter picks and they brought their litter into the school hall and sorted it out onto the floor into different categories of rubbish to form a graph.

“The graph was photographed for analysis by the P7 class as part of their learning on data handling. They then shared their findings at assembly with the rest of the school.”

Over the county, 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. The result of all the hard work is that 36 public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, rivers/canals/loch-sides, beaches, country parks, road verges, villages and town centres in Angus will start the summer litter-free.

The volunteers picking up thousands of discarded juice and alcohol bottles and 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.

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