New ‘Pick & Fix It’ initiative to clean up Burntisland

Burntisland Community Council launch a 'see it, pick it, bin it' campaign. Picture by Fife Photo Agency

Burntisland Community Council launch a 'see it, pick it, bin it' campaign. Picture by Fife Photo Agency

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Pick n’ Fix, a new initiative launched in Burntisland at the weekend, aims to tackle litter and dog fouling in the town.

A big increase in the problems of discarded litter and dog fouling on the Coastal path and Links area were identified by residents in a survey carried out on behalf of the town’s Community Council which came up with the idea for the new scheme.

Backed by local businesses sponsors and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, joiner Paul Dow made wooden boxes each containing a litter picker with latex gloves and wipes to encourage walkers, residents and visitors to pick up any litter they see lying around in the town and put it in the nearest bin. The litter pickers can then be left at the next box they come across.

Boxes are situated at each end of the beach promenade and, if successful others will be added around the town.

The project aims to improve the look of the town for residents and visitors, as tourism plays a major role in its economy.

John Bruce, environment spokesman with Burntisland Community Council, said: “I would like to thank the community council, Burntisland Primary School, Floral Action Burntisland, Paul Dow Joinery, the Star Tavern, Alba Vets, Print Centre, Hardware Store and Lloyds Pharmacy for their sponsorship, and the Beacon leisure centre for the use of its facilities and refreshments at the launch. We look forward to seeing a much cleaner Burntisland in the future.”

Councillor Susan Leslie, who represents Burntisland, added: “This is a straightforward idea to encourage people using our coastal areas to help keep them clean and attractive for everyone to enjoy.”