Garbage collectors urge people to join cleanup craze sweeping East Kilbride
A new group is encouraging the residents of East Kilbride to do their part and join the cleanup craze sweeping the city.
Following an increase in “lockdown waste,” EK Community Litter Pickers has launched a series of public events across town to join the National Summer Clean, which runs through June 20.
And since the group launched in March, volunteers have collected nearly 1,900 bags in the city alone, with disgusting and downright dangerous spills and trash becoming all too common a sight.
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The Facebook group now has 1,600 members and a new website.
Supported by the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, EK Community Litter Pickers now calls on volunteers to help protect the place where they live.
Last year, more than 62,000 people from across Scotland took part in the charity’s annual Clean Up Scotland campaign, helping to dispose of over 615 tonnes of waste.
And the local champions in every part of East Kilbride will help people spot areas that could be spruced up and keep their areas tidy.
Founding member of the group, Alice Alves, said Lanarkshire Live: “As a group, we have three goals.
“Clean up our city and keep it clean.
“Raise awareness about waste and change attitudes so that people respect the areas around them.
“Address the source of waste to reduce it overall.
“We have already received great support from the community – from local businesses who have donated waste collection materials to schools, boy scouts, the boys’ brigade and guides who are all doing their part, not to mention city workers. who collect all the red bags. “
We have reported how young people set tons of fly spills on fire on Calderglen Road and the South Lanarkshire Council has called for a stop to the shocking spill after a section of Calderwood Road closed.
Construction debris – including asbestos – and household waste was strewn on the main road for at least 20 meters.
And there have been recent reports of garbage dumped near Strathaven damaging the landscape and proving to be a hazard.
Paul Wallace, Campaigns and Innovation Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “The difficult events of the past few months have made it possible for all of us to spend more time in our region and to better appreciate the places where we live.
“However, they also created a unique opportunity for many of us to reflect on the declining condition of our communities, to notice the litter and dog grime that we might otherwise have gone through, to be enraged by them. selfish actions of our fellow citizens and consider how we might make a difference.
“This is your chance to do something positive and help clean up Scotland. “
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