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Thousands of dedicated volunteers are set to head out on litter picks this April as they support Renfrewshire’s Big Spring Clean, part of the award-winning Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

The annual event was postponed last year due to the pandemic with Renfrewshire supporting Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Summer Clean event instead, but the popular event is back for 2022 and excitement is building already.

Previous events have seen thousands take part in litter picks across the month of action, with the campaign’s sister event Spotless September seeing almost 1,500 people take part in 430 litter picks – which is more than 14 every day.

Linda Kerr and Kathreen Cannon are avid volunteers and can’t wait to take part in the Big Spring Clean again this year.

Linda said:” Team Up to Clean Up is a wonderful way of getting out in the fresh air and doing some good to make your community look better.

“It’s great for meeting new people too, passers-by stop you just to thank you, and there is a great community of lovely volunteers who are always supportive.

“The Big Spring Clean would be an ideal time to join the Team, new members are always welcome.”

Renfrewshire Council will provide litter pickers, hoops, bibs and bags for anyone or any group wishing to take part in a litter pick, and the StreetScene team will collect the bags of litter afterwards too.

The event forms part of the Council’s £2.5million investment in the Team Up to Clean Up campaign which supports volunteers, but also invests more in roads sweeping, gully clearing, fly tipping prevention and litter picking.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m delighted that the Big Spring Clean is back again this year and I’m looking forward to getting out into my community litter picking.

“With thousands taking part in previous events and throughout the year, I’m so proud of all our remarkable volunteers as each one of them is making a real difference to our environment.

“As always, we’ll provide everything you need to take part and even take any collected litter away afterwards too so please get in touch to get your equipment.

“I want to thank our council teams in advance who do so much throughout the year but put in even more effort during this month of action where numbers go through the roof each time – thank you so much for what you do.”

To request equipment, call 0300 300 1375, email wardens.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk, join our Facebook group at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/groups/teamuptocleanup or visit our website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/BigSpringClean2022.