GLASGOW is building a litter-picking army ahead of COP 26 thanks to a new scheme aimed at making the city ‘cleaner and greener’.

Our Streets Ahead campaign – backed by Glasgow City Council, People Make Glasgow Greener, City Charitable Trust and City Building - has been supporting community clean-ups since it launched in 2011.

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Now groups can join a new initiative which aims to establish ‘community clean-up hubs’ across the city, providing equipment, training and guidance to help enable them to tackle litter ahead of the climate change conference in November.

Glasgow City Council, McDonald’s and Keep Scotland Beautiful have teamed up to provide each hub with litter pickers, gloves, bag-hoops and hi-vis vests.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “There is no doubt Glasgow would be a much tidier place if everyone put their litter in a bin in the first place. But the community hubs and the volunteers they will support can play an important part in helping to protect the city’s environment.”

Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “These hubs will empower communities to tackle the litter, which we know worsened during lockdowns, in their own neighbourhoods and will support efforts across our country to clean up Scotland.”

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Andy Gibson, McDonald’s Franchisee in Glasgow said: “Our teams help tackle litter every day in areas surrounding our stores. But we want to do more, and with COP26 on the horizon, I believe the business community can help drive positive change ahead of the conference.

Any community group interested in supporting the community hubs should register their interest with Keep Scotland Beautiful by the end of September. To find out more about the Glasgow Times Streets Ahead campaign, email