2016 community clean-up campaign launched

This year's Clean Up Aberdeen campaign which encourages residents to get involved and help keep their community tidy was launched today (Friday 11 March).

A team of volunteers were at Torry Battery for the launch which also included the Clean Up Champions 2015, The Marine Laboratory, the RSPB Dolphin Watch team, and local residents.

Clean Up Aberdeen is being led by Aberdeen City Council's Environmental Services and the public are encouraged to take part by tidying up somewhere important to their area, somewhere important for wildlife, or areas of land which are not regularly cleared of litter.

In doing so, they vow to help free their community of litter and graffiti, report incidents of flytipping and responsibly dispose of litter and mess in their area.

Black bin bags, litter picking tongs, gloves and high-vis vests can be provided and the City Council's Environmental Services will uplift any rubbish collected.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing, who attended the launch, said: "We can all make such a big difference to our environment by not dropping litter. We hope this Clean Up Aberdeen campaign will raise awareness that everyone has to do their bit to keep our city clean, safe and beautiful.

"Our public spaces are for everyone to enjoy and if we can influence a change in the litter dropping habits in the city with this campaign then we will be improving the quality of life for both residents and our city wildlife.

"We have dozens of staff who work hard to keep our city clean, however, they can't be everywhere at all times so these community efforts are to be applauded. We'd also encourage people to report any problem areas to us where items have been dumped or there are volumes of litter.

"We would encourage people to join forces for the benefit of their community."

People are encouraged to take part in Clean Up Aberdeen along with friends and family, work colleagues, schools or community groups.

Clean Up Aberdeen is part of Keep Scotland Beautiful's national campaign to encourage communities, businesses and residents to join forces to help stop litter from being dropped on the ground and to make it a socially unacceptable practise in our city. The national campaign is aimed at making Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.

People or groups wanting to take part should register via www.cleanupscotland.com/pledge. For more details, or to get help organising an event in the city, call 01224 219281 or email cleanaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk.