Pupils launch Clean-Up Highland campaign

•	Highland Council’s Waste Management Officer Steve McDermott with Kilchuimen Primary pupils Sophie Gordon (5) P1 and Cameron Bremner (10) P6
• Highland Council’s Waste Management Officer Steve McDermott with Kilchuimen Primary pupils Sophie Gordon (5) P1 and Cameron Bremner (10) P6

 

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Around 60 pupils and teachers from Kilchuimen Primary School carried out in clean-up along the Caledonian Canal in Fort Augustus on Monday.

The event marks the official launch of The Highland Council’s Clean-Up Highland campaign which aims to encourage community groups to take up their litter pickers, get out there and help clean up their community. The Highland Council can provide litter pickers, disposable gloves and arrange delivery of a skip or the uplift of black bags and can be contacted by emailing recycle@highland.go.uk or by calling 01349 886603.

The Highland campaign is part of ‘Clean Up Scotland’, launched by Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) in the year that Scotland hosts The Homecoming and two of the biggest sporting events in the world - The Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup. The aim is to assemble a national coalition of support challenging individuals and organisations to take responsibility for the quality of their environment.

If your community would like to get involved in a clean up, please remember to register your event at http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ and you will receive a Clean Up Kit from KSB, including stickers and a poster to promote the event. People can also join thousands of others across Scotland and take the pledge to do to their bit to Clean Up Scotland.

The Highland campaign is focusing on litter, dog-fouling and fly-tipping. As well as organising and volunteering for litter clean-up events, the public can support the campaign by helping to identify dog-fouling hotspots and report instances of fly-tipping and irresponsible behaviour by dog owners.

Marine litter is another area for action and volunteers all over the country are helping to Clean up Scotland’s beaches. This litter comes from a number of sources – the fishing and shipping industries, visitors to beaches but also the sewerage network; householders who would never throw litter directly onto a beach may unthinkingly be contributing to beach litter by flushing items such as cotton buds down toilet pans. 

Other groups in The Highland Council area who have registered forthcoming events for ‘Clean UP Scotland’ include Kilmuir Primary School on the Isle of Skye, Ardersier War Memorial Garden Group, Hilton Primary, Ullapool Residents and Laggan Community Association.

For more information please visit http://www.highland.gov.uk/, email recycle@highland.gov.uk or call 01349 886603.

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25 Jun 2014
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