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Keep Scotland Beautiful have published a report showing that Scotland’s local environmental quality is deteriorating and that it is at a 10 year all time low.

The Local Environmental Quality in Decline report confirms that there has been a marked increase in the presence of litter, flytipping and graffiti in communities across the Scotland, and an overall decline in local environmental quality.

Poor local environmental quality is having a negative impact every day on the lives of over one million people living in Scotland. Local environmental quality is declining more severely and at a faster rate in our most deprived communities. And for those that perceive their local environment to be poor are more likely to report poorer physical and mental health.

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Zero Waste Scotland are rolling out a new litter and flytipping prevention initiative across Scotland to help organisations and communities in Scotland reduce costs and create a safer, cleaner environment for all.

Organisations from a wide range of sectors and industries are being encouraged to produce Litter Prevention Action Plans which will then feed into the development of Community Litter Prevention Action Plans covering each Local Authority area.

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Zero Waste Scotland has produced a guide of ideas to tackle littering that go beyond picking it up. Litter-picking tackles the symptoms of the litter problem without tracing it back to the source. No sooner have you finished tidying up, than the problem rears its ugly head again

This guide will show you how to go further. How to channel the enthusiasm from previous litter picks – inspiring communities to prevent litter in the first place.

From surprising techniques taken from behavioural science, to a targeted messaging toolkit, this guide will help you address Scotland’s litter problem in innovative ways — ways that deliver for the long term.

They’ve included lots of inspirational examples from across the UK and beyond. You’ll find more detailed case studies of selected examples at the end of this guide. Download the guide here: ZWS guide booklet_Beyond_Litter_pick_AW2

SummerProgramme_ImageDuring July and August we’re looking for people to get active and get involved in tidying up the local area.  There are going to be community clean ups on Wednesday mornings and gardening sessions at Kingsway Court Community Garden on a Thursday morning.

It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, improve your community, get outdoors and have fun.  You don’t need any special skills or to be a fantastic gardener, you just need to be prepared to join in.

The first community clean up will be happening at 11am on Wednesday 6th July.  We’re meeting at 11.00am at the Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre and will be out for about 2 hours.  Everyone is welcome to come, but under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.  Litter picks and hi-viz will be provided, but you’d be advised to not wear your best clothes.

The first gardening session will be at 10am on Thursday 7th July, meeting at the Kingsway Court Community Garden (just off the junction of Kingsway and Danes Drive) and the sessions will run from 10.00am to 1.00pm.  Again you can just turn up.

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying a summer of getting outdoors and active! For more information please contact Sarah on 07943 080593 or sarah@dumbartonroad.com Our summer programme is funded by the Integrated Grant Fund.

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headerneighbourhoodsmallIf you haven’t already done so, don’t miss out on the chance to receive national recognition, support and the chance to celebrate your groups’ achievements by taking part in the annual It’s Your Neighbourhood (www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/IYN) or Beautiful Scotland campaign (www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/beautifulscotland), both organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful as part of the UK-wide RHS Britain in Bloom campaign.

The deadline for entries is Thursday 30 April 2015 – to find out if your group qualifies for either campaign, please read the fliers attached, and then visit the relevant website to register on-line – IYN Promotional Flyer oe BScot Promotional Flyer

wildflowers-3And remember, if your group is carrying out any litter picks, please do register them with the Clean Up Scotland campaign so KSB can support your efforts – clean ups can take place any time throughout the year, but events taking place during the months of April and May will be eligible to apply for free treats kindly donated by Greggs.

20150311_Kingsway_10_LitterBottlesDespite the weather we had a really productive day up at Kingsway Court on Wednesday. The community clean up event was organised by GHA with support from ourselves, Community Safety Glasgow, Kingsway Court Health and Wellbeing Centre, pupils from St Paul’s primary school, West Glasgow Green Gym and quite a few local residents! Over 40 people turned up to help out and as the old saying goes – many hands make light work!

And the clean up also featured in the Evening Times…

You can check out some of the photos below…
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Before No.1 On Wednesday 11 March there will be an environmental clean up at the Kingsway Court estate. There will be a range of activities including litter picking and clearing vegetation across the estate but particularly at the ‘Homie’ at the back of 50 and 60 block.

The event has been organised by the Environment Team at GHA Clydeside Tenant Partnership and will be supported by ourselves, Kingsway Court Health & Wellbeing Centre and West Glasgow Green Gym and Community Safety Glasgow.

The meeting point will be at 10am outside the concierge station at 30 block. So why not pop along and lend a hand – don’t forget to dress for the weather!

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Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
t: 0141 433 0427
e: getinvolved@
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40 Kingsway Court, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 9SU
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