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posted 9 Feb 2009, 05:38 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 9 Feb 2009, 05:39 ]
Community-minded individuals and groups in and around South Queensferry are gearing up for their annual BIG Clean-up.

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

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 has organised for this year's BIG Clean-up to take place on Friday 13th February, from 10am until 12 noon.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said: "The BIG Clean-up is a tremendous idea and I'm sure everyone who gets involved will enjoy a great day of camaraderie and the satisfaction that they are really making a difference to their community. With National Spring Clean coming up in April, there are lots of opportunities for communities and individuals across Edinburgh to organise an event for 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."

Iwan Thomas, Council Park Ranger and BIG Clean-up co-organiser, said: "We were delighted with the response last year. Over 500 people took part and we plan to build on that this year by including Kirkliston."

Iain Jamieson, from the Neighbourhood Police Unit, said: "Reducing litter helps to reduce crime and this event gives us the opportunity to talk to young people. We are particularly pleased that more and more businesses are getting involved. Following last year's event, the Queen's Crossing employed one of the CleanFerry volunteers to keep their grounds litter-free."

Last year's BIG Clean-up event was a great success, with more than 500 people taking part, including local primary schools, nurseries, Queensferry High School, various church groups, businesses, and organisations such as Rotary South Queensferry and Friends of the Ferry Glen. Individual residents also signed up to help the various teams work in litter-hot spots. The same groups will be taking part in this year's event, and three nurseries - the Tom Thumb Playgroup and Nursery, Rosebery Hall Nursery. and Queensferry Primary Nursery - will also be involved, with children and parents helping out on the day.

City of Edinburgh Council staff will be on hand in Queensferry to pick up binbags. A specialist graffiti team will also be in action on the day. 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.

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.

Tesco in South Queensferry will support the BIG Clean-up event by providing lunch and putting out a team of staff to clean-up their grounds on the day.

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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