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Pupils from Laurieston Primary taking part in litter pick

Pictured: Pupils from Laurieston Primary School were just one of the groups involved in National Spring Clean campaign

Communities across Falkirk Council have been recognised as one of the top 10 local authorities in Scotland for litter picking per head of population, thanks to the efforts of volunteers during the Keep Scotland Beautiful's National Spring Clean 2024 campaign.

Over six weeks, volunteers in Falkirk carried out a total of 114 litter picks, contributing significantly to the overall success of the Scottish-wide campaign and the Falkirk Council been ranked as sixth out of 30 local authorities taking part.

The Spring Clean Scotland campaign ran from March 15 to April 28 and saw participation from over 45,000 people involved.

Volunteers took part in various activities, helping to clean streets, parks, and open spaces throughout the council area helping to improve the local environment and the cleanliness of the area.

Barry Neill, Falkirk Council’s Waste Manager said: We extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who participated in the litter picks. Their hard work and commitment have been instrumental in achieving this top 10 ranking. We are very proud of the community's efforts and the significant difference they have made."

For those who were unable to participate in the Spring Clean or who wish to continue their litter-picking efforts, Falkirk Council offers support to individuals, families, and local groups. The council can provide litter-picking kits and suggest safe locations for litter clean-up activities.

Interested parties can contact the council at to receive a map highlighting key areas for safe litter picking. In addition, Falkirk Council can:

  • Supply litter-picking equipment
  • Offer advice for risk assessments
  • Provide Public Liability Insurance cover
  • Arrange for the collected litter to be uplifted

Barry Fisher, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, commended the national initiative and said: "Although 90% of people agree litter is a problem across our beautiful country, what is inspiring is just how many thousands of people have played their part and enthusiastically joined a litter picking event during #SpringCleanScotland – an increase in 15,000 people from last year.

“I’d sincerely like to thank everyone who took part, giving up their time and showing just how much they care about keeping Scotland beautiful. Your commitment to tackling the litter emergency is extremely appreciated.”