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Volunteers are needed to sign up for the annual Litter Challenge which takes place along the 110km. long towpath of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. Although the date of the clean up is Sunday 21 March, The Waterways Trust Scotland would like to register volunteers now in order to organise the event.

This year there will be a new focus to the Litter Challenge. The object is to clear up the canal towpath and adjacent greenspaces but there will be different ways to do it. Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to collect either a particular item of waste, e.g. plastic bottles, glass bottles, paper and cardboard or cans, which will all be sent for recycling via the seven local authorities along the route - or offered the opportunity of collecting general litter, which is not suitable for recycling.

This year the project is a partnership between British Waterways Scotland, BTCV Scotland, The Waterways Trust Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful. The latter organisation organises Waste Aware Scotland and their logo of ‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’ fits well with this project. Funders include SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) , Falkirk Environment Trust, Keep Scotland Beautiful and West Dunbartonshire Council, with in-kind support from City of Edinburgh Council, West Lothian Council, Falkirk Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Glasgow City Council, East Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council.

A Litter Co-ordinator, Ben Mitchell, has been appointed, with the help of BTCV Scotland, to organise the project over an eight week period, while ten Volunteer Leaders are being recruited, via BTCV Scotland, to not only publicise the clean-up but also to recruit local people from each 2-3 mile stretch of the canal towpath to help on the day.

Rita Crowe, Project Development Manager for The Waterways Trust Scotland, said today: “We do hope that local people will support us once again this year. Those who took part in previous years had great fun and cleared a large amount of litter, making a real difference to the appearance of the canal towpath. Now that everyone is getting used to the importance of recycling in their own homes, we hope that our plan to introduce recycling to the clean-up will be accepted by everyone as a good idea. Obviously, it would be much better if no-one dropped any litter but unfortunately that is not the case and there is still a problem to be solved. To register your name to take part and to state on which section of the canal towpath you would be able to help, please ring 0141 354 7540 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm) or email: litterchallenge@thewaterwaystrust.co.uk The event is covered by insurance and volunteers will be provided with gloves, litter picks and safety guidance. Let’s see if we can break our previous records for both the number of volunteers who take part and also the amount of litter which is collected for recycling.”

Issued by: Rita Crowe, Project Development Manager
The Waterways Trust Scotland. Tel. 0141 354 7559

















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