Calls to clean up Scotland

People in Angus and across Scotland are being urged by an environmental charity to take the pledge to keep Scotland clean.

Charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is urging locals to take part in the Clean Up Scotland campaign, which urges people to stop dropping litter and pick up after their dogs.

Scotland is expected to welcome an unprecedented number of visitors this year as the country gets ready to host the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup. The charity has said that it is more important now than ever that Scotland presents itself as a country that is as clean as it’s population can make it.

Clean Up Scotland campaign director Mark Bevan commented: “Clean Up Scotland is all about Scots deciding to do something about the litter, dog dirt and other mess that blights our neighbourhoods and landscape.

“Not only do littered streets damage businesses and tourism opportunities but litter clearance costs Scotland more than a million a week.

“If each and every one of us accepted the pledge to Clean Up Scotland; to not drop litter; to pick up after our dogs; and to pick up and bin or recycle a piece of litter a day, we could make an impact on our quality of life. It’s up to us all to make a small difference - together, we can make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.”

Already, more than 175,000 people have volunteered to help the charity’s campaign in communities across the country, but the charity’s research states over 70 per cent of people in Scotland have witnessed someone else dropping litter in the last three months.

The charity aims to engage a million like-minded people by the end of 2014 to help make Scotland shine – and is calling for more volunteers to step forward in 2014.

You can find out more about the Clean Up Scotland campaign and pledge to be a part of it online by visiting