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Community Clean-up Attracts Record Numbers

posted 2 Apr 2009, 07:05 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 2 Apr 2009, 07:06 ]
Over 1000 people have signed up for the BIG Community Clean-up in Queensferry and Kirkliston starting this Saturday (28 March).

Volunteers, including school pupils, nursery children, church members, the police and local residents will head to parks, green spaces and the streets in area to clear all of the litter.

Following the huge success of the BIG clean-up last year, environmental group GreenFerry has made this year's even bigger by extending their operations to clean up the local community in South Queensferry and surrounding areas, including Kirkliston.

Working in partnership with the Community Police Neighbourhood Action Unit, as well as the City of Edinburgh Council's West Neighbourhood team and Park Ranger, Iwan Thomas, GreenFerry had originally scheduled the clean-up for February but it was postponed due to bad weather which has given organisers a chance to sign up more willing volunteers.

Cllr Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader for City of Edinburgh Council said: "I am very impressed by the response of local volunteers to this clean up. This shows a strong community spirit and also demonstrates how proud people feel about their area. The size of this clean-up will surely make this one of the cleanest, most litter free areas in the city. I'm sure it will also be fun and full of camaraderie.

"With this event happening right at the beginning of National Spring Clean which runs through April, there are lots of opportunities for communities and individuals across Edinburgh to help clean up their area. Waste Action Grants are also available - people can apply for up to £200 towards clean-up kits, high visibility vests, garden tools and so on." "

Sea Cadets from LS Lochinvar will kick off the week with a clean-up of Port Edgar Marina on Saturday 28 March, followed by nursery children who will clean up their surrounds on Tuesday 31 March. The main event will then take place on Friday, 3 April with five local schools, various businesses, off-duty police, rotary members and local residents out in force to tackle local black spots.

City of Edinburgh Council staff will be on hand in Queensferry to pick up binbags. A specialist graffiti team will also be in action. Environmental Wardens will be working alongside local schoolchildren as part of an educational programme, while duty police officers will be stopping to lend a hand in between call-outs.

National Spring Clean is organised annually by Keep Scotland Beautiful. It runs throughout April and there is still time to sign up. Look up www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org for more information.

Notes to Editors

Anyone keen to take part in the BIG Clean-up event should contact Joyce Faulkner on 0131 331 4153 or by email at joycejim@btinternet.com.

Waste Action Grants of £50 to £200 and £500 to £2,500 are available to community and residents' groups for local action on waste projects.

You can apply for a grant if you are part of a:

- Constituted community group

- Group of interested residents (to form a constituted Waste Action Group)

- Not-for-profit community sector organisation (for joint applications with community residents or groups)

- Youth group (supervised by an affiliated group, organisation or school)

- School, Eco-committee, Parent and Teacher Association

- Church

Help and support are on hand from the Council's Waste Education Officer, Iona Tibbitt, who can assist with preparing applications and offer further advice and guidance once an application has been successful.

For an application form and more information, please contact Iona Tibbitt on 0131 469 5070 or email wasteaction@edinburgh.gov.uk. You can also download further information at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/wasteaction.


Source: The City of Edinburgh Council

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