Team­ing up to clean up

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at­ten­tion.

It has now been six months since we launched the Team Up to Clean Up cam­paign and we’ve been over­whelmed by the level of sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

With­out sup­port from the com­mu­ni­ties, this cam­paign would fail.

We’ve had more than 65 com­mu­nity clean-ups take place, or­gan­ised by lo­cal groups and as­sisted by our­selves, which have seen more than 1,100 vol­un­teers don their bibs, grab their lit­ter pick­ers and make their area brighter.

Through the on­go­ing cam­paign, we are see­ing a tan­gi­ble dif­fer­ence be­ing made to the clean­li­ness of our streets, as well as see­ing a real change in be­hav­iour from res­i­dents who are ei­ther en­sur­ing they don’t drop lit­ter at all, or are tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to tidy the area.

It is com­mu­nity spirit like this that will make this cam­paign a suc­cess and en­sure we main­tain the pos­i­tive re­sults we are see­ing so far.

But we’re con­scious that it’s clear to ev­ery­one that this cam­paign is a two-way street.

We all need to work to­gether to make a dif­fer­ence and we’re side by side with the com­mu­nity ev­ery step of the way.

We’ve in­vested £2.5 mil­lion across the next five years to im­prove Ren­frew­shire’s en­vi­ron­ment, which in­cludes our roads be­ing me­chan­i­cally swept ev­ery two months, gul­lies be­ing cleared and emp­tied as part of an en­hanced pro­gramme and the re­moval of out-of-date sig­nage across the area.

We’ve also up­graded our Rapid Re­sponse Team who un­der­take daily pa­trols and pro­vide a fast­track col­lec­tion ser­vice of fly tip­ping, as well as em­ploy­ing six ad­di­tional lit­ter pick­ers who are out work­ing in the com­mu­nity all year round.

In­vest­ing half a mil­lion pounds each year is a big com­mit­ment but it is one we are ea­ger to make to en­sure that we tackle the is­sues with clean­li­ness we face in our streets and be­gin to rec­tify them.

The changes won’t take place overnight, but we are al­ready see­ing the ben­e­fits of our en­hanced pro­gramme and we will con­tinue to work to make im­prove­ments in Ren­frew­shire that make the area brighter, cleaner and more at­trac­tive.

We’re fully com­mit­ted to mak­ing Ren­frew­shire a place peo­ple are proud to live and work in and visit.

Join us at the Big Spring Clean. Check out the ded­i­cated sec­tion of our web­site and put your sup­port be­hind the cam­paign as we con­tinue to #TeamUp­toCleanUp.

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