Cllr Cathy McEwan

Volunteers are being praised after more than 70 Team Up to Clean Up litter picks took place across the winter period in Renfrewshire.

The award-winning campaign saw 278 volunteers take part from October to January with more than 300 bags of rubbish removed from the local environment.

Volunteer groups and lone volunteers also identified larger items which had been fly tipped and alerted the council to have them removed.

The dedication and hard work of local people has been hailed ahead of the annual Big Spring Clean event, which last year saw more than 1750 people take part throughout April.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “It’s inspiring to see the dedication of local people and their desire to make where they live a cleaner, brighter place for the community.

“While the winter often sees fewer litter picks than normal, people have still been heading out to do their bit.

“We’ve built a real community within Team Up to Clean Up and it’s fantastic to see the impact of the work of local people – it really is appreciated and is making a huge difference.

“I’m looking forward to the Big Spring Clean next month as we’ve seen thousands of people take part during the previous two events and with the campaign just continuing to grow, let’s see what we can do this time!”

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