Aberdeen pupils and council join forces to clean up community

From left, Robyn Gillespie, Emily Morrice, Councillor Yvonne Allan, Cole Farrimond, Becky McDonald, Rhianna Hughes and Satvika Sakethraman. Picture by Norman Adams/Aberdeen City Council.

Around 90 young litter busters have joined forces with a local authority to help keep their community spick and span.

The pupils of Middleton Park Primary, along with Aberdeen City Council staff, took part in a lunchtime litter pick at the Donmouth end of the city’s beach.

It was part of the launch of the 2018 Clean Up Aberdeen campaign, which encourages residents to get involved and help keep their communities tidy.

The initiative is being led by Aberdeen City Council’s environmental services department and the public are encouraged to take part by tidying up somewhere important to them.

That could be an area that’s important for wildlife, or simply an area of land which is not regularly cleared of litter.

Aberdeen City Council communities, housing and infrastructure convener Councillor Yvonne Allan, who attended the launch yesterday, said: “We can all make such a big difference to our environment by not dropping litter or fly-tipping in the first place.

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

“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.”

Pupils at several primary schools and dozens of community-minded people around the city are also going to organise and hold their own local campaigns, – with one school a month planning to take part.

Anyone wanting to dispose of household items can take items to their local city recycling centre or find out how to get large items collected from bit.ly/2GDjTGW, or the recyclenow.com website also has details of charities which pick up large items.

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