Aberdeenshire join national campaign to clean up Scotland

Aberdeenshire Council has pledged to support a national campaign to clean up the area by enlisting the help of caring communities and businesses.

It has become one of the first local authorities in Scotland to adopt a localised version of the Clean Up Scotland campaign branding to run its own campaign.

Clean Up Scotland is a mass-engagement campaign run by independent environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, aiming to involve a million people in making the country shine as it hosts global events in 2014.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We’re delighted Aberdeenshire Council has chosen to adopt the local version of our Clean Up Scotland Branding.

“We want Aberdeenshire and Scotland to shine when the world is watching – Clean Up Aberdeenshire can make a real difference locally, just as Clean Up Scotland will nationally.”

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), Peter Argyle, said: “ We encourage as many people as possible to take part in litter picks if they can and to prevent unsightly litter in the first place by always disposing of it correctly and recycling where possible. The Clean Up Scotland campaign will help us to Clean Up Aberdeenshire.”

Anyone can sign the campaign pledge at: www.cleanupscotland.com/pledge.

Aberdeenshire Council will support groups organising events across the area by accepting waste from clean-ups and lend litter picking equipment.

So far this year there have been around 35 community clean ups in towns and villages throughout the area, involving more than 1,500 people.