Selfless volunteers across Renfrewshire are continuing their good work during the lockdown by cleaning up as part of their daily exercise.
Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign has grown from strength to strength since it began in 2017 however the global pandemic has seen many activities being cancelled or postponed including the Big Spring Clean which would usually have taken place throughout the month of April.
The council are also not currently distributing clean up equipment such as litter pickers and bags.
This hasn’t stopped some groups and individuals in their mission to keep Renfrewshire clean as volunteers are still managing to fit in clean ups as part of their daily exercise.
Cllr Cathy McEwan Convener of the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board has given her thanks to these committed volunteers. She told Renfrewshire News: “We want to say a big thanks to all those members of our communities who, despite everything that’s going on just now, continue to get stuck in cleaning up their areas.”
“Along with everything else, organised Team Up to Clean Up activities have ceased during this pandemic. We don’t want anyone risking their lives to pick up litter. However these groups and individuals have proven they will stop at nothing and as long as they can do so safely and are not breaking any lockdown guidelines, I think they deserve our gratitude.”
“While we are in no way expecting this of people it really is heartwarming to see the commitment and dedication these volunteers have to keep their areas clean and tidy.”
Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, Natalie Don added: “When we started the Team Up to Clean Up campaign back in 2017 we had no idea of the immense community support the campaign would receive.
“It continues to grow from strength to strength and to see that passion continue even in these unprecedented times is truly incredible. Thank you to everyone who continues to make this a priority.
“It is commendable that local people are doing this for their areas. I would emphasise however that if you are out doing a clean up that you follow the Scottish Government’s advice at all times.”
Photo: Cllr Natalie Don (left) and Cllr Cathy McEwan (right) taking part in a community clean up last year