Methil fire station takes part in community clean up

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Staff from Methil fire station are supporting the Clean Up Scotland Campaign

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Methil could soon be cleaning up its act thanks to a drive by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Clean Up Scotland campaign.

Staff at Methil fire station are joining up with Fife Community Safety Partners to support the Community Clean Up initiative which is an independent charity supported by Scottish Government.

On Sunday 30 March from 10am – 12.30pm, teams from the partnership will be out and about targeting the area of Steelworks Brae for tidying and litter picking.

The move is part of a bid to provide a cleaner tidier Methil and encourage people to take pride in their surroundings.

Several local youth groups will be attending including the Young Fifers who will be joined by the East Fife Football Club Chairman.

The eyes of the world are on Scotland like never before. In 2014, Scotland hosts The Homecoming and two of the biggest sporting events in the world - The Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup.

Clean Up Scotland is the mass-engagement campaign to involve one million people in action against litter and mess. It is a national coalition of organisations and people from all places and all backgrounds who want Scotland to shine.

The short-term aim is to remove litter and mess so that Scotland shines when the world is watching in 2014. And our longer-term aim is to gradually change behaviour so that littering becomes as unacceptable in future as drink-driving is now.

A national recording programme found litter in 72% of the sites it visited. It found cigarette butts on 49% of the streets it visited – each one can take decades to disappear. And 50 tonnes of litter are collected from the roadsides of Scottish motorways every month.

Station Manager at Methil fire station Stephen Thomson said: “'Local people want to see the cleanliness of Methil improve and this is a very positive step forward.  It's up to everyone to take a pride in their community and make sure litter is disposed of responsibly.

“A Keep Scotland Beautiful survey showed that more than half of Scots have dropped litter, and almost half do it regularly. This is a problem for all of us, caused by most of us. Come along on Sunday 30 March and help us clean up Methil.”

For more information visit: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/environmental-quality/clean-up-scotland

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