Volunteers out in force to tidy up Edinburgh

Kerr Dobson, Chloe Jane Moran, Craig Leslie and Reis Parlak pull a shopping trolley from a burn. Picture: Scott Taylor
Kerr Dobson, Chloe Jane Moran, Craig Leslie and Reis Parlak pull a shopping trolley from a burn. Picture: Scott Taylor
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A Mass clean-up of rubbish hotspots saw volunteers and councillors turn out to help continue a Capital litter blitz.

The Day of Action was part of the larger Clean Up Edinburgh campaign, with the council encouraging residents to join or organise a local clean-up to help fight a problem which costs the city £4500 every day.

And hundreds of people, including local councillors, community groups and school pupils turned out to help keep sites like Davidson’s Park, the Grassmarket, Jewel Park, the Innocent Railway path, Leith Library, Crewe Road Gardens and Seafield Recreation Ground, free from the unsightly scourge.

David Doig, who is Local Environmental Manager for the South Neighbourhood, was joined by nearly 100 Liberton High School pupils yesterday morning, on a mission to clear up Braidburn Valley Park.

He said: “We managed to collect about a tonne and a half of litter around the area, including discarded shopping trolleys that had ended up in the burn.”

Cllr Deidre Brock and Cllr Adam McVey were part of the 15-strong team tackling litter around Leith Library, also picking up debris from Keddie Park and Ferrylee Park.

A council spokeswoman said: “Keddie Park’s biggest problem was graffiti so they concentrated on that and cleaned the playground equipment, as well as a litter pick. They picked up eight bags of rubbish from Ferrylee Park, they found some larger items too like bits of wood and some chairs thrown in some bushes.”

The Day of Action marked the beginning of a year-long campaign which the council hopes will change people’s attitude towards littering.

The city spends £1.6 million a year cleaning up 43,000 bags-worth of items such as cigarette packets, takeaway boxes and other debris left lying in our streets.

Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “It is really encouraging that so many people have given up their time to lend a hand to clean up the city. It’s also great that so many young people have joined in.

“Edinburgh boasts 24 Green Flags for Parks, and we need to maintain the high standards required for this status. While the Council certainly has a role in making sure that Edinburgh is clean, safe and presentable, residents and visitors have a shared responsibility.”