Acocks Green PALS

One of the on-going battles faced by the Acocks Green Village in Bloom team is litter. It blights our community and costs a lot of public money to clean up every day. We would like to encourage locals to take action in improving the problem in Acocks Green. People Against Litter was set up by an Edinburgh citizen who was fed up of litter and wanted to take action. It is a grassroots scheme to encourage people to do something positive about litter and to spread the word to others.  Supporters make a simple pledge to become ‘PALS’ promising to pick up at least one piece of litter per week and recruit one other person to do the same. This way more and more people will be taking direct action to clean up their neighbourhood. If there is less litter around people are less likely to drop more. Just click and sign up today:  People Against Litter The majority of the litter you see in the streets is also recyclable, so you can pick it up on the way home and drop it in your recycling wheelie bin, so benefiting the environment by tidying and recycling! If everyone picked up the litter outside their homes and businesses the Green would look instantly better and more appealing.  It’s not difficult and you can start straight away. Why not make it your New Year’s Resolution?!

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A lot of smokers don’t think of cigarette ends as litter but they are; they take years to biodegrade and mount up in the nooks and crannies proving difficult to pick up. Click on the image to read the details and sign up to support the campaign. If you see any dumped rubbish this can also be reported directly to the city council HERE. We can all do our bit to make Acocks Green a cleaner and greener village, so be part of the movement to improve it.

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2 Responses to Acocks Green PALS

  1. Lucy says:

    The litter in Acocks Green is appalling and depressing. While efforts like this sound like a good idea, it’s not tackling the causes and relies on those of us who already pick up litter to pick up more. It’s not the answer.

    One thing that needs to be done now that wheelie bins are here is to look at those properties without them, who are still eaving bagged rubbish on the streets days before collection day, blocking pavements, the bags breaking open or getting ripped open by animals, and then the contents blowing everywhere. These properties need to be given bins or to have it clearly explained to them when and where they can leave bags.

    • gedhughes says:

      Hello Lucy
      Thanks for your comment. You make some good points. The Neighbourhood Forum and Acocks Green Village in Bloom have been working with the councillors, Waste Management and Environmental Health to try and improve the situation. It is slow going but we must not give up the battle and continue to put pressure on the authorities to make sure that people can and do dispose of their rubbish properly and responsibly. In the meantime if we can encourage people to be tidier, not drop litter and take more pride in their environment, then this can only be a good thing.

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