Our mission is to clean up our neighbourhood and make it famous for being a litter-free zone.
What we've done so far
In Autumn 2015 we completed a survey on litter and dog poo in Leith and here are the results.
We started the Adopt A Street programme: if you sign a pledge saying that you'll help to keep your street tidy, you'll get free litterpickers from the council. We printed 200 posters for community spaces to promote the programme.
We visited Leith Primary, Lorne Primary, Leith Walk Primary, and Summerside Nursery and talked to the kids about the damage litter can do to animals and nature. We also taught them an anti-litter song.
We visited the Broughton Scouts and the Broughton Cubs and talked about importance of litter prevention.
We organised “Crapitalism, A Rubbish Exhibition” in the Creative Exchange, Leith in June 2016 and by popular demand re-staged it at The Image Collective in Ocean Terminal in October 2016. Some of the posters were featured at the Manchester Museum’s Rubbish Night in April 2018.
We gave away 300 Poo Fighters badges to dog owners who promised to always pick up after their dogs and encourage fellow dog owners to do so. We also designed stickers for bins telling folk they should put the dog waste bags into the street bins instead of leaving them on the pavement or slinging them onto trees.
We printed 200 window stickers for Leith chippies and takeaway shops to remind customers to dispose of their litter responsibly.
We ran an inter-generational ‘Rubbish Poetry’ workshop at Leith’s Citadel Youth Centre, working with local children and senior citizens to compose humorous anti-litter poetry.
We usually have two big community clean ups per year and they’re always great fun. Here are the photo galleries of past events: October 2015, March 2016, Earth’s Day April 2017, September 2017, Earth’s Day 2018, June 2018, August 2018 and in September 2018. We’ve collected over 12 tons of rubbish so far.
From March to September we organise short, one-hour litterpicks, usually on the first Sunday of each month from 11.00am to 12.00 noon. For details go to our Facebook page's events section. You can sign up to our mailing list here and you’ll get an email notification about our cleanups.
In July 2018 we made a film for Have You Got The Bottle? to encourage people to have their say in the Scottish Government’s public consultation about the introduction of a deposit return scheme in Scotland.
In November- December 2018 we run a poster campaign in Leith’s Play Parks called Pukemon. It was the first litter-prevention campaign in the world using augmented reality. The campaign also included a drawing competition where children could design their own “Pukemons”.
In January 2019 we made another film with a heartfelt plea from injured animals singing to Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment, to make sure glass will be included in the Scottish Deposit Return Scheme. (Success: it will be.)
We’re often being asked to give presentation about our activities to local authorities, schools, community councils and other community groups or speak at events. In 2017 we were invited to the Scottish Resources Conference for which we prepared this speech. In February 2019 we gave a talk at Scotland’s International Marine Conference.
In 30 July 2016 we organised a demonstration called "United Colours of Leith" to fight against racism and all other forms of discrimination. Because we feel that we have to stand up not only against rubbish but against rubbish ideologies. You can find details here, here, and here.