Borderers Spring into action

OVEr 1000 Borderers pulled on their tabbards to help spruce up the region as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean Campaign.

A total of 97,000 volunteers gave their time between March 14 and May 16 to support Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean campaign, with 1,391 being from this region.

Spring cleaners from community councils, schools, guides and scouts, residents associations, rotary, Beautiful Scotland groups and local churches all pulled on their yellow Keep Scotland Tidy bibs and spent time cleaning up different locations.

The result of all the hard work is that 31 public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, tourist hotspots, riversides, beaches, country parks, road verges, villages and town centres in the Scottish Borders have been cleared of litter.

Picking up thousands of discarded juice and alcohol bottles and cans, crisp bags and fast food wrappers, volunteers in this neck of the woods worked hard to keep their part of Scotland beautiful.

Across the nation, using litter pickers and gloved hands each person collected on average one and a half black bags of waste - that is enough to fill 145,855 street litter bins!

Many groups also recycled the litter they collected this year, helping reduce the amount going to landfill and supporting Scotland’s zero waste targets.

Zero Waste Scotland provided funding to support the event.

Helen Darvill, team leader for Volunteer Campaigns at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: ”I am astounded by the number of people who have given up their time this year to keep their own parts of Scotland beautiful.

“It is a real achievement that 1,391 people from the Scottish Borders came out in force to take part in National Spring Clean 2011, and I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has been involved – from the local authorites, businesses, schools and nurseries, community councils, and enthusiastic individuals – you all deserve a massive pat on the back.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful shares the government’s vision for Scotland to be cleaner, greener, safer and more sustainable, and everyone involved in National Spring Clean is helping Scotland achieve this.

Len Wyse, executive member for environmental services at Scottish Borders Council, added: “This has been a fantastic achievement by the 1,391 people who gave up their time and took part in this year’s national spring clean in the Scottish Borders.

“It’s even more remarkable that 1,018 of them were children and it is very encouraging that so many of young people in the Borders are interested in helping to keep the region beautiful for those of us who live here and for our many visitors.”

National Spring Clean 2011 may be over but people can still organise and take part in clean up events throughout the rest of the year.

Clean Up Kits can be ordered online at www.keepscotlandtidy.org