Residents of city urged to take part in 24-hour litter pick

Residents young and old are being urged to help their local community by taking part in a 24-hour litter pick of Aberdeen tomorrow – by simply picking up litter near their home, school or workplace.

Groups, schools, and organisations are taking part in the Aberdeen City Council-organised event which involves 24 community litter picks over the 24 hours starting at midnight tonight.

The litter pick is starting with ACC’s environmental services team near the River Dee followed by the other groups every hour.

During last year’s event, a total of 263 black bags of rubbish were collected, along with larger items including a car bonnet, a doocot, a satellite dish, a vacuum cleaner, and four shopping trolleys.

Other groups taking part this year include Friends of Walker Dam, the City Council’s Countryside Rangers and tree team, Friends of Seaton Park, Middleton Park School, Riverbank School, Kirkhill School, Hanover Street School, Cummings Park Community Flat, Airyhall School, Friends of Victoria & Westburn Parks, Orchard Brae School, Kittybrewster Primary, Brighter Bucksburn and Stoneywood School, Heathryfold Park Steering Group, the City Council’s environmental strategy team, Cove community, RSPB Dolphinwatch, Spirit Energy, Beavers, Redmoss Residents Fit Like Joggers, Kincorth Community, Sport Aberdeen, Friends of Sunnybank Park and Fittie residents.

The places the groups are picking litter up from include Riverside, Garthdee, Torry, Hazlehead pitches, Ellon Road, Walker Dam, Den of Maidencraig, Hazlehead Walled Garden, Seaton Park, Wellington Road, ASDA park Bridge of Don, Kincorth, Tillydrone, Airyhall, Victoria Park, Stewart Park, Cummings Park, Sclattie Woods, Brimmond, Heathryfold Park, Broad Hill, Torry Battery, Cove, Greyhope Beach, Denburn, Garthdee Pitches, Kincorth Hill, Aulton pitches and links, and finally Fittie and the beach.

Aberdeen City Council’s operational delivery convener Councillor John Wheeler, who is taking part in the litter pick over the 24 hours, said: “It’s great that so many community groups come out every year to help keep our city sparkling and clean.

“This year, we’re asking residents to help out by picking up some litter near their home or workplace as every bit of effort makes a difference and we’re all responsible for keeping our city tidy.

“We’d prefer if people didn’t litter in the first place as it’s unsightly and is bad for the environment. Our staff work hard to keep the city clean and tidy but unfortunately we can’t be everywhere at the same time so the work carried out by these communities, groups, workplaces and individuals makes a big difference.”

The event is part of the year-round Clean Up Aberdeen campaign which encourages people not to litter in the first place, and also provides equipment for groups wanting to organise a litter pick. 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/.