Renfrewshire Council

Spotless September 2019

Are you ready to Team Up for a Spotless September

Hundreds of volunteers are set to show their support for the latest event in the Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

We're challenging every town and village in Renfrewshire to make it a Spotless September by hosting a clean-up in your area, whether that's through a lone litter pick or every class in a school taking part.

Litter pickers, bibs, bags will be provided by us to allow you to take part in a clean up, with the collected rubbish also being cleared away by our StreetScene team afterwards too.

What's everyone got to say about it?

Cllr McEwan with Lochfield Primary P7s Lyle Brown, Principal Teacher at Lochfield Primary, said: "The Spotless September initiative has been fantastic at getting the children more involved within their own community and helps to foster care and respect for their local area.

"The children loved taking part last year and are always astounded by the volume of litter collected during the campaign. It helps them recognise the impact that litter can have on their local and wider community and as teachers, we can use this as a catalyst for further learning around the topic of living in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way. 

"We are all excited to be taking part again this year and doing our bit for our community."

Rebecca McAllister, Lochfield P7, said: "I really enjoyed taking part in the Spotless September challenge last year. It was good to go out into the community and make a difference and I'm looking forward to taking part again this year."

Christopher Copley, Lochfield P7, said: "The Spotless September was great fun last year. I was amazed by the amount of litter that we collected and I'm definitely looking forward to taking part again as a way to help the local community."

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: "I can't wait to don my bib to take part in events throughout September and I hope that everyone can join me and the hundreds of other volunteers in making a difference to Renfrewshire.

"We continue to see so many enthusiastic people making our area cleaner and brighter and Spotless September is a chance to bring more people into the campaign.

"It would be fantastic if every community in Renfrewshire could host a litter pick. We were close to seeing this happen in April's Big Spring Clean so fingers crossed that we see this happen in September!"

How do I take part?

If you're keen to take part in the Spotless September Challenge, call 0300 300 1375, email the Wardens Service or visit Spotless September.

What is Team Up to Clean Up?

The campaign forms part of a £2.5million investment across five years to make a real difference to the cleanliness of the streets in Renfrewshire and improve the local environment.

As well as the support from local communities, an enhanced programme of operational activity is underway to clean gullies, sweep the roads and repair the roads infrastructure to ensure the campaign is a joint approach between the council and its residents.

The campaign has proved a success with the local community and saw a 474% rise in community clean ups in its first full year, with more than 7000 volunteers having taken part in the campaign so far.

The Big Spring Clean in April saw more than 1750 volunteers take part in 103 events across the area, with more than 1850 bags of rubbish cleared from the streets.

Published 26 August 2019.

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