ANGUS showed a great turnout this spring for the Keep Scotland Beautiful campaign.
In total, 2,155 children and 373 adults from across the county joined 117,734 volunteers from across Scotland between April 1 and May 31 to support the National Spring Clean.
In Angus, 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 be litter free for summer.
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 2,528 people from Angus 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.”