Glitterpick blasting through city today

Hundreds of community-spirited folk were today taking part in a 24-hour Glitterpick in 24 places around the city.

The litter pick event, which has been organised by Aberdeen City Council’s environmental team and involves schools and community groups, is designed to help make the city sparkle more in the summer months.

Last year, a total of 297 folk took part and they collected 298 bags over the day and it is hoped even more litter will be picked up this year.

Today’s event started at midnight last night (Wednesday) with ACC’s environmental services team in the Cromwell Road area followed by the keen Slopefield Allotments group at 1am, and finishes tonight with Friends of Aberdeen Beach at 10pm and ACC staff at 11pm in the Powis Terrace area.

Other groups taking part include Friends of Walker Dam, ACC’s Countryside Rangers, Powis Residents, Friends of Seaton Park, Airyhall Primary, Kittybrewster Primary, Cummings Park Residents, Heathryburn School, Fernielea School, Friends of Victoria & Westburn Parks, Kingswells Nursery, Technip, Kingswells Primary School, ACC’s Environmental Policy Team, Friends of Duthie Park, Centrica in Partnership, Beavers in Ruthrieston, Aberdeen Boat Club, Friends of Sunnybank Park, and Fittie residents.

There is a litter pick being held in different locations around the city every hour.

The places the groups are picking litter up from include Braeside, Torry’s Abbey Place, Torry Breakwater Beach, Wellington Road, Walker Dam, Den of Maidencraig, Powis, Seaton Park, Airyhall, Ashgrove, Cummings Park, Heatheryburn school, Fernielea School, Victoria and Westburn Parks, Kingswells Woods, Donmouth at Windows to the Sea, Kingswells School, Broadhill, Duthie Park/Riverside, Torry Battery, Deeside Line, River Dee banks at the Boat Club, Sunnybank Park, Fittie to Beach Ballroom, and Aberdeen Beach at the Ballroom.

Aberdeen City Council’s convener of communities, housing and infrastructure Councillor Yvonne Allan said: “We are very fortunate to have so many ‘sparkly’ people who obviously care about their local environment and are helping to make Aberdeen glitter.

“The work carried out today by these communities, groups, workplaces and individuals makes such a huge difference to the city.

“We are all responsible for ensuring Aberdeen is keep clean and green by not littering and putting rubbish into the proper recycling bins but we can see from today’s efforts what a huge difference there is if we all put in a small bit of effort.

“This effort can be as simple as rather than being annoyed at a drinks can outside our own gate we could pick it up and put it in our own recycling bin, or a bigger effort such as the power of good work dozens of groups carry out by organising litter picks.

“The work carried out by the groups across the year in litter-picking help to foster a bit of pride in our beautiful city, and events such as the Glitterpick really do make a huge difference to local communities.”

For more details, or to get help organising an event, call 03000 200 292, or email cleanaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk. More information is also available from Clean up Aberdeen on Facebook www.facebook.com/Clean-Up-Aberdeen, or from the website www.cleanupscotland.com/.