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Clean Up campaign helps make Scotland shine


More than 2,600 people in Aberdeen have done their bit for a national environmental campaign working to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.

Clean Up Scotland, led by the independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, aims to unite one million people across the country in 2014 in the fight against litter.

The campaign has now passed the half way mark and in Aberdeen more than 40 community clean-ups have been held so far. Some 600 children and around 2,000 adults have volunteered their time for litter-picks in all corners of the city.

The next will be held on Saturday [28 June] in the Powis area of the city. Aberdeen City Council is supplying the community with litter-picking equipment and a Council refuse vehicle will be on hand for the uplift of flytipping and bulky items.

Aberdeen City Council Housing and Environment Convener, Councillor Neil Cooney said: "The response to the Clean Up campaign locally has been fantastic with hundreds of children and adults joining forces for the benefit of their communities.

"Hopefully many more will chip in and do their bit as the campaign progresses, particularly over the summer when we can expect to see an increase in litter.

"If every resident picked up and disposed of just one item of litter a day we would see a vast improvement in the cleanliness and appearance of our streets."

Individuals and groups are encouraged to take the Clean Up Scotland pledge. They can also text 'pledge' to 88802.

In doing so, they vow to help free their community of litter and graffiti, report incidents of flytipping and responsibly dispose of litter and mess in their area.

Aberdeen City Council is on hand to offer support, advice and equipment to anyone planning a community clean-up and can be contacted on 01224 219281.

Saturday's [28 June] Clean Up Scotland event was requested by the Powis Residents Group in preparation for new bins being installed in the area next week.

Bedford Avenue, Powis Crescent and Powis Circle will be the first streets in Aberdeen to have use of a communal mixed recycling service, which is due to be rolled out elsewhere in the city in the future.

The changes in Powis mean residents will no longer have individual wheeled bins, bags and boxes for waste and recycling.

Instead, on-street communal bins for general waste and on-street communal bins with dark red lids for mixed recycling will be installed, making it easier for residents to recycle a wider range of materials.

Residents have been written to about the changes.

Aberdeen City Council Zero Waste Management Sub-committee Convener Councillor Jean Morrison said: "We have been working closely with residents in Powis to ensure their waste and recycling needs are met.

"It was through these discussions that it was decided a communal bin arrangement would be more suitable for the blocks than the existing individual wheeled bins, bags and boxes.

"Aberdeen City Council is proactively working towards becoming a zero waste city as we move towards a situation where we recycle more than we throw away.

"The mixed recycling service will play a major role in that by making the recycling process easier for residents which in turn will lead to an increase in recycling rates."