MORE than 3,500 volunteers from across Aberdeenshire took part in Scotland’s National Spring Clean this year.
2,237 children and 1,409 adults from the area were amongst 117,734 Scottish volunteers who gave up their time between April 1 and May 31 to support the initiative, run by Scotland’s leading charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
In Aberdeenshire, groups from community councils, schools, student volunteer groups, youth groups, businesses, guides and scouts, environmental trusts, council staff, and churches all spent time cleaning up different locations.
In Fraserburgh, the beach was cleaned twice to coincide with the event.
The result of all the hard work is that 64 public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, rivers/canals/loch-sides, beaches, country parks, road verges, villages and town centres in Aberdeenshire will be litter free for summer.
Picking up thousands of discarded juice and alcohol bottles and cans, crisp bags, cigarette ends, filled dog poo bags and fast food wrappers, volunteers in Aberdeenshire also uncovered some more unusual items, including oil drums, rope, tyres, Christmas trees, and fish boxes.
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 campaign.
Helen Darvill, Environmental Quality Coordinator 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 3,646 people from Aberdeenshire came out in force to take part in National Spring Clean 2012, 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.”