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Local Group Gets Cleaning

This summer, Linwood Active Group held a massive clean up of the woodland area behind the Linwood Sports Centre and collected a staggering 26 bags of rubbish. That’s the equivalent of nearly 1.5 tonnes of rubbish!

Linwood Active Group is just one of the many community groups that are continuing to keep Renfrewshire clean and tidy following as part of Clean Renfrewshire. Since 2006, when the group first formed, Linwood Active Group has taken part in clean ups covering four areas of Linwood – Riverside Walk, the woodland area round the Sports Centre, the green belt that surrounds East Fulton and Kintyre Park. The clean ups are a huge hit, attracting up to 30 volunteers at a time, with ages ranging from 2 year olds to pensioners.

Cllr Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, said:
“We are always grateful for the continued support of community groups such as the Linwood Active Group. It is the enthusiasm and dedication from people of all ages across Renfrewshire that we are aiming to engage. They are the lifeblood behind the Clean Renfrewshire campaign.

“Since the launch of Clean Renfrewshire in 2008, these individuals and groups have significantly contributed to the success of the campaign. With their ongoing support, we can continue the momentum of the campaign. I would like to encourage everybody to get on board, to help ensure Renfrewshire is a clean and tidy place to live, work and visit.”

Lesley Compston of the Linwood Active Group said:
“The Clean Renfrewshire campaign is such a great initiative. Our group benefits from the bags and litter picking devises that they provide us with. Our volunteers really enjoy the clean ups and we aim to carry on our tradition of doing more for our local community.”

The Linwood Active Group organises these clean-ups and other community activities including providing the people of Linwood a place to recycle their old mobile phones and unwanted clothes.

The group’s next clean up is scheduled for the 12th of September in Kintyre Park and the Riverside Walk. Anyone from the area is welcome to join the team. For more details of a clean up near you, simply call the Clean Renfrewshire Helpline on 0141 842 4448.

To reinforce the activity being carried out by individuals and groups, the Clean Renfrewshire campaign introduced the Renfrewshire Wardens Service last year to increase further awareness about the need to maintain a clean environment. As part of their wider community role, the Wardens also have the power to issue £50 fixed penalty notices for littering and £40 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling to those who continue to drop litter or allow their dogs to foul the county’s streets and parks, demonstrating that Clean Renfrewshire means business.