Help for communities to clean up with free litter kits

Litter pick kit

Published: Monday, 5th June 2017

Communities in the Borders can now access litter picking kits free of charge.

Community groups, sports clubs, schools or any other organisations who want to arrange a litter pick in their local area can hire for free one of five comprehensive packs that we have available.

The kits were funded through a £2,000 award from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.

Each pack has litterpickers, handihoop bag openers, disposable gloves, hi-vis vests and poop scoopers for both adults and children to carry out an effective and safe clean-up.

Jedburgh Grammar School were the first to use the equipment to clean areas of the town, as part of a charity day which saw pupils help out at various locations in the community.

How does it work?

The kits can be booked with us which will see the equipment delivered and picked up again by our staff.

We will also uplift the bags of rubbish collected during the clean-up.

Craig Blackie, Neighbourhood Manager for the Eildon Area

“While the vast majority of people in the Borders help to keep our area clean and tidy, there is a small minority who do still litter.

“People are generally less likely to drop litter in an area that is clean so a community litter pick can make a real difference and that is why we are offering groups the chance to hire our litter pick kits for free.

“It is simple to book the kit which will be delivered and picked up after your community event by our staff.

“We would encourage community groups to get in contact to request a kit and then register their litter pick with Keep Scotland Beautiful who can also provide some helpful advice on how to organise a successful event.”

Nik Turner, Community Projects Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful

“At a time when we know environmental quality is in decline, providing equipment for individuals and communities to take action against litter is a vital step to maintaining clean public spaces.

“This is an enormously important resource for empowering local people and is one we would promote across all local authority areas. Well done to Scottish Borders Council for supporting local people to make a difference to their local environments.”

You can register a litter pick event with Keep Scotland Beautiful.

More information

Images of the Jedburgh Grammar School community litter pick are available at our Flickr page.

The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags in Tesco stores.

So far, Bags of Help has awarded over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 local community projects.