Hundreds take part in 24-hour Aberdeen litter pick including in US state

Volunteers got stuck in cleaning Kincorth
-Credit: (Image: Aberdeen City Council)


Hundreds of volunteers have collected 197 black bin bags of litter across 40 locations around Aberdeen in a terrific clean-up effort.

The Glitterpick event – which aims to make the city sparklingly clean in the summer months – saw organisations including primary and secondary schools, community groups, and individuals get stuck in.

And this year's event was given a transatlantic feel, with the 24-hour-long midsummer event also taking place in Aberdeen, Washington in the USA, replicating the efforts of those in the Granite City.

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Glitterpick involves litter picks starting every hour over 24 hours from midnight on Wednesday to 11pm last night (Monday, June 24).

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Ian Yuill said: "It’s good that so many groups came out to help keep our city looking sparkling clean. It is great to see the Glitterpick reaching people in Aberdeen, USA.

"Council staff work hard to keep our city clean and tidy. Unfortunately they cannot be everywhere at the same time so the action taken by these communities, groups, workplaces, and individuals makes a big difference."

Hazlehead Primary volunteers played their part in the litter pick
Hazlehead Primary volunteers played their part in the litter pick -Credit:Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Council Net Zero, Environment and Transport Committee convener Councillor Miranda Radley said: "We’d prefer if people didn’t litter in the first place as it is bad for the environment and makes our city look unattractive.

"We are all responsible for keeping our city beautiful. This effort can be as simple as picking up litter outside our front gates every day, or a bigger effort such as litter picks carried out by dozens of groups throughout the year.

"These organised litter-pick events really do make a huge difference to local communities and help foster pride in our beautiful city."

The 496 participants in the Aberdeen City Council-organised event managed to fill 197 black bin bags across the 40 clean-ups.

Litter pickers cleaned numerous areas of the city including the River Dee in Garthdee
Litter pickers cleaned numerous areas of the city including the River Dee in Garthdee -Credit:Aberdeen City Council

This year’s event was started by ACC’s library services team at midnight on Wednesday followed by ACC’s environmental services staff in the early hours and then by the other groups every hour.

Other groups taking part this year included Riverbank School, St Machar Academy, Airyhall Primary, Hazlehead Child Minders, Hazlehead Primary, Garthdee Field Allotments, Kirkhill School, Keep Middlefield Clean, Forehill School, ACC’s Climate & Environmental Policy Service, Hanover St school, Cummings Park Community Flat, Ferryhill School, Bucksburn ASN, SHMU Wellbeing Café, Bonnymuir Green, Friends of Victoria & Westburn, Thursday Club Northfield Community Centre, Powis Pickers - Community Kids Club & Residents, Kincorth & Leggart Community Council, Countryside Rangers, Thursday Club at Northfield Community Centre, Fresh Community Wellness, Clean Streams and Memes, and Fittie Community Trust.

Early morning volunteers helped tidy up Donmouth
Early morning volunteers helped tidy up Donmouth -Credit:Aberdeen City Council

The places the groups picked litter up from included school grounds, Morningside, Garthdee, Springhill Road/Sheddocksly sports centre, Cranford Lane, The Deeside Way, Asda football pitches, TECA grounds, the rear of the retail units at Garthdee, Fernilea Park, Kingswells pond & play area, Maidencraig car park, North Donside Beach, Hazlehead, Bridge of Don behind care home, Broadhill, grass area next to Codonas and Beach Boulevard, Cummings Park, Albury Park, Deer Park - River Don, near Bonnymuir Green, Victoria and Westburn Parks, Northfield, Powis, Kincorth, Scotstown Moor, Seaton, Fittie, and near the Beach Retail Park.

The event is part of the year-round Clean Up Aberdeen campaign which encourages people not to litter in the first place, and also provides equipment for groups wanting to organise a litter pick.

For more details, or to get help organising an event, go to Clean Up Aberdeen | Aberdeen City Council.