As Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 2023 Spring Clean campaign to help tackle Scotland’s litter emergency gets underway, Martin Whitfield MSP has joined local councillors in leading a community litter pick in Prestonpans.

Mr Whitfield, who is a Prestonpans resident, was joined by Preston/Seton/Gosford ward councillors Colin Yorkston and Brooke Ritchie for the litter pick which took place today (Saturday 18th March) starting from Prestonpans Labour Club.

Last year’s Spring Clean saw thousands of volunteers roll up their sleeves and join more than 100 litter picking events across Scotland. This year the campaign is taking place from 17 March to 17 April and Keep Scotland Beautiful is hoping to engage even more people to make it even bigger and better.

Speaking about his support for the Spring Clean campaign, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“Keep Scotland Beautiful undertakes excellent work to help keep local communities looking their best. Their annual Spring Clean campaign is an important response to the litter emergency facing Scotland and I’m delighted to get involved in supporting it.

“I know there are many local groups of volunteers who already help tackle litter in their areas, including the various bloom and wombles groups, and I commend everyone who is engaged in these activities.

“I was pleased we were able to make a small difference with our litter pick in Prestonpans and encourage other East Lothian residents to join me in supporting this year’s Spring Clean campaign.

“By taking small actions such as organising or participating in a litter pick, we can help make a difference to one of the country’s biggest environmental charities and to our own local environments.”

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