Kids learn all about the Spotless September campaign

Children learned how important it is to keep the streets clean as part of the Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign.

Campaign staff visited primary schools during Spotless September where they attended a presentation on what the campaign entails and how they could inspire their friends and parents to get involved.

Garbage collection, recycling and the impact on animals and wildlife were all on the agenda, with students encouraged to think before throwing trash.

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Emma McCrystal, Senior Community Safety Officer, spoke to youth at West Elementary School in Paisley. She said: “Having the opportunity to interact with the children informally, as well as educate them on the importance of caring for their communities, has been a great experience.

“I am pleasantly surprised to see how much the children got involved in the workshops and enjoyed collecting litter.

“Early intervention is essential and I am confident that the majority of the young people we have met will think twice about littering in the future. “

Campaign agents have already visited St David’s, St Fillan’s, Fordbank and Cochrane Castle, with many more primary schools to come before the end of unblemished September.

Environmental Advisor Cathy McEwan said, “One of the most important parts of the Team Up to Clean up campaign is educating our next generation and telling them why they are so important now and for our future.

“Garbage is a bad habit that they learn from others, so we want them to take the lead and challenge their peers and parents to any misconceptions that this is acceptable.

“Our teams are visiting as many schools as possible to get the word out during Spotless September and we hope that we will immediately start to see the difference in the attitudes of our students. “

Spotless September is part of the larger Team Up to Clean Up campaign that brings together council and the community to tackle environmental issues in Renfrewshire.

Volunteers are supported with equipment and garbage pickup bag collection, while the council has invested in additional gully clean-up, road sweeping, garbage collection and fly spill campaigns, dog fouling and recycling campaigns.

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