LISTEN: Heather McLaughlin shares why it’s becoming more important to clean our communities and how people can help out
Blairgowrie and Rattray are now two more towns added to Keep Scotland Beautiful’s litter picking hubs, making them the first hub in the Perth and Kinross area from Keep Scotland Beautiful and Zero Waste Scotland.
A litter picking hub is a place where people, groups and families can lend equipment to pick up litter to help keep their area clean.
Heather McLaughlin, a campaign officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “At the start of lockdown, thinking way back to April, I think people were getting out and about more often, discovering their local area more so.
“And probably just finding that time to appreciate where they live and how beautiful our country is.”
One of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s own polls found that a third of people thought that litter has became worse in their area.
By offering free litter picking equipment, it’s hoped that people can be empowered to take litter into their own hands and help clean their community.
Discussing the equipment each hub can provide, Heather McLaughlin says: “We’ve provided each hub a sort of set of ten litter pickers, they’ve got the hoops to hold bags, they’ve got bags gloves, they’ve got a set of disinfectant spray so they can do this all safely.”
The hubs are community groups who Keep Scotland Beautiful have ‘provided guidance and support and crucially equipment to so that they themselves can litter pick, but equally, so that they can support other individuals and groups, locally, to tackle the litter they see in their communities.”
Heather McLaughlin added: “I just would encourage everyone, across Scotland, to check out the Clean Up Scotland website and to get involved however they can over the next couple of months to try and keep our country as beautiful as we can.”
A link to the keep Scotland beautiful website can be found as follows: https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/local-environmental-quality/clean-up-scotland/
Barry Fisher, Chief Executive at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented: “During lockdown, many of us spent time enjoying our local parks and green spaces. Lockdown showed us how important these areas are to our health and well-being. Unfortunately, a minority of people have behaved in an irresponsible and selfish manner, dropping their rubbish, leaving it for others to clean up and spoiling our beautiful country.”
“By using the litter picking hubs, people will be able to tackle litter in the areas they care about and help Clean Up Scotland.”