A CAMPAIGN to keep towns and villages across Renfrewshire looking neat and tidy has been declared a massive success.

More than 1,750 volunteers took part in the Renfrewshire Big Spring Clean, collecting 1,850 bags of litter along the way.

Businesses, community groups and schools all played their part in the initiative, organised by Renfrewshire Council.

It was staged to coincide with the two-month nationwide Spring Clean project organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, convener of Renfrewshire’s infrastructure, land and environment policy board, said: “I want to thank every volunteer, from the businesses to the lone litter-pickers, for the work they’ve done to make Renfrewshire a brighter, more attractive place to live and work.

“Whether it’s our young people filling a bag between them or a group collecting all they can carry, the work that has taken place has been outstanding and you can see a noticeable difference in our local area already.”

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Benefiting from a £2.5million investment in the local environment, Renfrewshire has seen an increase in road sweeping, drain cleaning and litter-picking.

Councillor McEwan said: “The hard work doesn’t end here, as Team Up to Clean Up is a year-round campaign, so we’re already planning our next events and continuing to provide ongoing support to our local communities.

“If you’re not involved already, then why not be a part of this brilliant community campaign?”

For more information on how you can help to keep your community looking tidy, visit the website.

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