Week of activities to clean up the River Clyde

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Hundreds of local people are expected to turn out in force from September 14 - 20 to help clean up areas flowing into the River Clyde - and there are plenty of opportunities for people to take part.

With confirmed events taking place every day as part of the Upstream Battle Week of Action, environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, is calling for all eager participants to turn up, lend a hand and help to reduce the amount of litter that reaches the sea from the River Clyde and the burns and rivers that flow into it.

During the Week of Action activities are taking place along the entire length of the River Clyde, including:

Sat 14 September, 10:00 – 14:00 - Campsie Glen Clean Up – kicking of the week, Keep Scotland Beautiful and East Dunbartonshire Council will be joined by Upstream Battle Ambassador and Ocean Rower Elaine Hopley.

Mon 16 September, 12:00 – 13:30 – Clyde meets the Kelvin Clean up meeting at the Riverside Museum with Friends of the River Kelvin and Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.

Thurs 19 September, 12:00 – 13:00 and 13:00 – 14:00 - Glasgow Green and Gorbals lunch time clean up and survey – with Keep Scotland Beautiful and associated local businesses.

Thurs 19 September, 18:30 – 21:00 - Glasgow Over Plastic and Keep Scotland Beautiful host a movie night at Glad Café in Glasgow. The film “A Plastic Ocean” will be shown.

For more information on where other events have been organised that you can get involved in visit


Paul Wallace, Campaigns and Social Innovations Manager, at Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “Hundreds of people are expected to come out in force during the Upstream Battle Week of Action. There are still plenty of opportunities to take part, or even arrange your own event, and help clean up the River Clyde.

“We would welcome everyone’s support for this important campaign. Upstream Battle will help to remove litter from our streets and reduce the amount of litter polluting the ocean. We also hope that this campaign will get even more people thinking about the impact that irresponsible littering has, and ultimately change their behaviour.”

Elaine Hopley, Upstream Battle Ambassador and Ocean Rower said: “I’m going to be supporting the Upstream Battle Week of Action which is going to be an important week for Keep Scotland Beautiful to get more people out and recognising the problem we have with all the litter that is floating around the country. I would like to see as many people out there continuing all the great work that’s going on.”