Let’s keep our area beautiful

SCOTLAND’S leading environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, is urging Scots to get behind the 2012 National Spring Clean campaign, which aims to galvanise efforts to stop people littering the country and also educate the public about the damage it does.

It is anticipated 150,000 people will take part in the annual initiative, which runs from now until the end of May. The campaign is backed by senior politicians and local authorities, with huge support from local communities, businesses, and schools.

Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive Derek Robertson highlighted the scale of the problem.

He said: “The raw statistics show the potential damage to the environment caused by unthinking and illegal disposal of rubbish.

“It’s anticipated 1200 tons of litter will be collected throughout Scotland from now until 31st May. That’s enough to fill 90,000 wheelie bins and means 16 black litter bags will be filled every half hour.

“That’s an astonishing amount of litter and it’s estimated it takes £100m a year to clean up behind thoughtless people who treat our towns and countryside, riverbeds and canals as dumping grounds. In such times of financial duress and difficulty, surely that money could be put to a much better use.

“People from all walks of life are throwing their support behind this hugely-important campaign and we also hope that people will take a lesson from the fantastic effort put in by all our volunteers in communities throughout the country and that this will raise awareness that we have to clean up Scotland.”