People across Renfrewshire have come together to take positive action as part of environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful’s annual Spring Clean.

Between 15th March and 28th April more than 45,000 people from every local authority area across Scotland joined forces to take part in litter picks, gather data and to raise awareness of our litter emergency.

In Renfrewshire alone there were 568 litter picks registered.

Across Scotland the volunteer efforts included:

  • 567 litter picks with businesses
  • 357 litter picks on beaches, rivers and canals
  • 967 litter picks led by community groups
  • 399 litter picks involving schools, young people and educators

Barry Fisher, Chief Executive at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Although 90% of people agree litter is a problem across our beautiful country, what is inspiring is just how many thousands of people have played their part and enthusiastically joined a litter picking event during #SpringCleanScotland – an increase in 15,000 people from last year.

“I’d sincerely like to thank everyone across Renfrewshire who took part, giving up their time and showing just how much they care about keeping Scotland beautiful. Your commitment to tackling the litter emergency is extremely appreciated.”

Spring Clean Scotland is Keep Scotland Beautiful’s annual challenge to tackle Scotland’s litter emergency, and follows the publication of the Scottish Litter Survey which found that seven in 10 people believe litter is a problem locally and 85% of people want to see more efforts to prevent litter in their area.

Find out more about our Keep Scotland Beautiful’s work on litter at

Headline photo: Litter pick by Thorn Primary School back in May 2024

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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