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Zero Waste staff and volunteers take part in Forthside litter pick

Nearly 90 large bags of rubbish have been collected in the Forthside area of Stirling by Zero Waste Scotland staff and volunteers during a successful litter pick.

3 May 16

On Friday (22nd April) 34 employees descended on the riverside walkway and surrounding areas, which have become a black spot for rubbish dumping in recent times.  

Some of the unusual items collected on the day included a rocking horse, a toilet cistern, an artificial Christmas tree and a child’s buggy.

After two hours of hard graft, lifting and separating general waste from items that could be recycled, the team had gathered around 170kgs of waste and the area was back to looking picturesque.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Head of Communications Jon Molyneux, who also took part in the pick, said:

“The walkway is a popular place for those who visit Stirling and work in the near-by offices. It’s a busy area with restaurants, cafes and a cinema nearby. A few members of our staff flagged up that litter appeared to be increasing and that it was time we pulled together to do something about it.

“I’m delighted that so many turned out on the day and that we’ve made such an obvious difference. It’s a lovely spot to walk around with fantastic views of the Wallace Monument.

“We’d like to say a special thanks to the members of staff from the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and the other volunteers, who devoted their time on the day. And also a big thank you to Gabe’s Bistro who provided complimentary refreshments for all those who took part.”

During the two hour clean-up, a whopping 107kg (44 bags) of non-recyclable waste was collected. As well as this, 62kg of recyclables (45 bags) which included cans, plastics, glass and some paper were gathered which was then transported to ACE recycling in Alloa.

Jon added:

“Prevention is always better than cure and we would encourage those who use the area to be mindful of how they are disposing of their litter – either put it in the bin or take it home to recycle it.

“Many of the items that we collected on Friday, such as the child’s buggy and also the rocking horse were in good usable condition. We’d encourage people who have large re-useable items they no longer want, like furniture and white goods, to call the National Re-Use Phone Line on 0800 0665 820. Or if you have smaller unwanted items, you can donate them to your local Revolve store or charity shop or take them to your local recycling centre.  

“We don’t want litter to spoil Stirling and by making positive changes, we can make a real difference.”


Editor pick keywords: 
Litter, flytipping, Zero Waste, Stirling, Forthside, ACE, recycling

Notes For Editors

Editor’s Notes

  • The Re-use Line connects householders with re-use organisations that can collect items suitable for re-use. In August 2019 the phone and online order form were replaced with an online directory that list the re-use organisations that collect within the post code area searched for. More information on the Re-use Line can be found at www.reuseline.com.
  • Photograph shows the Zero waste Scotland staff who took part in the litter pick, with some of the weird and wonderful items they found.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources.


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Nicola Hamilton PR Officer

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