Litter pick cleans up Bo’ness

Bo'ness foreshore litter pick
Bo'ness foreshore litter pick

VOLUNTEERS made a clean sweep at Kinneil Foreshore on Saturday (May 12) - as part of a community litter pick.

The event was organised by The Friends of Kinneil, Bo’ness Community Council and Bonnie Bo’ness - and followed a similar event (organised by the same groups) in Kinneil Estate in April.

All kinds of rubbish - including supermarket trolleys and the remnants of a pushchair - were collected.

Bo’ness councillor Adrian Mahoney, who took part in both clean-ups, said: “Litter is a blight on beautiful places like Kinneil. It’s also something we don’t need to put up with. If everyone disposed of their rubbish responsibly, and didn’t dump it, we wouldn’t have to organise clean-ups like this.

“I’d like to thank everyone who turned up to both events - and to the community volunteers who organised the events, with the support of Falkirk Council. Hopefully plenty of people saw us ... and thought about taking their litter home with them.”

The litter picks were organised as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean campaign, which runs until the end of May. Find out more at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/springclean

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “It is up to each and every one of us to take a responsibility for our actions, and it’s simple to change our behaviour - put litter in the bin or nearest recycling point, and take part in National Spring Clean. National Spring Clean is a fun, free way to clean up the litter in your favourite part of Scotland, whether that be a hillside, beach, your local park or your own street.”

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Keeping our communities clean and tidy is extremely important. Litter is an unnecessary eyesore which can spoil our neighbourhoods and make them a less pleasant place to live. Cleaning up Scotland’s litter is very expensive and waste is a valuable resource when disposed of correctly. By putting a stop to litter and recycling more, Scotland’s economy and environment can benefit.

“National Spring Clean makes a clear call to everyone to care for their own patch of Scotland by stopping littering once and for all or taking part in organised clean-ups. With major events set to take place in Scotland in coming years that will shine a spotlight on our nation, let’s ensure we all do our bit to make Scotland a place we can all be proud of.”

To help groups get started, Keep Scotland Beautiful provides group organisers with free clean up kits, and they can also request additional assistance from their local council.