Up to 1,460 children and 560 adults from Midlothian gave their time between April 1 and May 31 to support the National Spring Clean, run by Scotland’s leading charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
In Midlothian, community councils, schools, student volunteer groups, youth groups, businesses, guides and scouts, environmental trusts, council staff, and churches all pulled on their yellow Keep Scotland Tidy tabards and spent time cleaning up different locations. The result of all the hard work is that 32 public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, rivers/canals/loch-sides, country parks, road verges, villages and town centres in Midlothian will be litter free for summer.
Volunteers picked up thousands of discarded juice and alcohol bottles, cans, crisp bags, cigarette ends, filled dog poo bags and fast food wrappers.
Across the nation, using litter pickers and gloved hands, people collected on average one and a half bags of waste – this means that 120 bags of litter were collected every hour of every day of National Spring Clean 2012.