Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and BAE Systems opened a new litter picking hub this week in Govan as part of their commitment to supporting local communities to tackle litter issues.
It is the first of two hubs, which BAE Systems will sponsor in Glasgow.
The firm say here that ‘Helping Hands’ litter kits will be provided to the Govan Housing Association and the Scotstoun Eco Trust for members of the local community to borrow, as part of BAE Systems’ sponsorship of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Upstream Battle campaign, which aims to tackle marine litter from source to sea.
“Through the hubs, Keep Scotland Beautiful and BAE Systems are striving to empower local communities who are frustrated by litter. Polling commissioned by Keep Scotland Beautiful in June 2020 showed that 30% of people thought that litter had got worse in their local area during lockdown.”
The Govan Community Clean Up Hub is located close to the BAE Systems shipyard where the Royal Navy’s City Class Type 26 frigates are being built.
Speaking at the launch, where litter picking teams gathered for the first time, Barry Fisher, Chief Executive at Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:
“Lockdowns have shown us how important our local parks and green spaces are to our health and well-being. Unfortunately, a minority of people behave in an irresponsible and selfish manner, dropping their rubbish, leaving it for others to clean up and spoiling our beautiful country. By using the equipment in these two new litter picking hubs, people will be able to help tackle litter in the areas they care about and help Clean Up Scotland.”
The funding in Govan for these Helping Hands litter kits has been provided by BAE Systems and will see kits containing litter pickers, gloves, bag hoops and high visibility vests to allow people to take part in individual or group litter picks.
“Local community groups will also be able to access posters and social media content to help encourage people to look after their local places and keep Scotland beautiful.”