A Midlothian teenager has received the prestigious Clean Up Scotland ‘Hero of the Month’ award in recognition of his enthusiastic approach to helping deliver environmental improvements in the local area.
The award is part of the national Clean Up Scotland campaign, organised by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Craig McBeth, from Saltersgate School, is passionate about cleaning up litter and reducing waste. The 14-year-old leads his classmates in daily litter collections along a public footpath leading to Whitecraig.
Craig was presented with the award by Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Nicola Turner at his school. The award is supported by The Helping Hand Company, who provide each Hero with a clean up kit, including a new Scottish litter picker and handy hoop.
Craig McBeth explains his enthusiasm for litter-picking his local community: “It helps the world, I like to recycle plastic bottles so they don’t go to landfill, before it was a mess, now it looks great, I just love rubbish and I like litter picking because it gets me outside.”
Nicola Turner, community projects officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We’re thrilled to see Craig become so enthusiastic about the local environment and passing this enthusiasm on to others in his class at school. He is a true ambassador for young people and a very worthy local hero.
“Craig’s efforts to keep the local community clean have not gone unnoticed by local residents who regularly stop to congratulate him on his hard work keeping the area litter free.” Craig was nominated for the award by teacher Duncan Binnie, who added: “Craig’s interest in litter picking, recycling and anything bin-related is a well-known obsession around the school. He has recently been leading his classes in daily litter collections along the local path that leads out to Whitecraig.
“We sometimes have members of the public stop us to congratulate the efforts of the team and that’s when I thought that maybe there’s some kind of recognition for Craig’s good work. He’s definitely inspired some enthusiasm for litter picking in the classroom and it’s become one of our daily activities.”
The Clean Up Scotland campaign encourages everyone to get involved by visiting www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland to find out how you can help with the achieve their ambition to make Scotland the cleanest country in Europe.