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Redd Up dates announced

DA VOAR Redd Up will take place on 16 and 17 April this year, Shetland Amenity Trust has announced.

The largest community based voluntary clear up throughout the UK per head of population has more than 4,000 volunteers regularly registering for the event, which last year collected more than 53 tonnes of rubbish from roadside verges, beaches and coastline.

Environmental improvement project officer Sita Hughson said: “It is the volunteers who make Da Voar Redd Up the success it is, having a major impact on clearing marine and other litter throughout the isles.

“Their work makes a huge difference to the natural heritage of Shetland, by making our isles look better and removing a huge amount of bruck which presents major hazards to our wildlife.”

Ms Hughson said that just 10 per cent of the rubbish collected went to landfill, making it “even more environmentally friendly”.

Local groups can use the Redd Up to raise sponsorhip funds, businesses can earn points towards their Tidy Business and Green Tourism Business Scheme awards and schools attain green flag status through the Eco Schools initiative.

Ms Hughson said: “This year we would also like to encourage more businesses and organisations to take part. Most beaches now have regular Redd Up groups but there are plenty of roadsides and other areas which could benefit from a litter pick.

“By taking part, businesses will not only benefit their local community but can also earn points towards various award schemes, such as Tidy Business and the Green Tourism Business Scheme.”

Shetland Amenity Trust supplies 4,000 pairs of gloves and 15,000 bags, and deploys four crews to take away all the rubbish free of charge with the help of sponsorship of oil company BP.

People can register for the 24th Voar Redd Up by contacting 01595 694688 or info@shetlandamenity.org  to receive paper free registration details.