John has signed a pledge to do his bit to Clean up Scotland, as part of a new campaign launched by the independent environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The campaign, which will start in January, aims to empower clean-ups all over Scotland, including the Highlands & Islands, to clear the country of litter and mess. It also aims to gradually encourage zero tolerance toward the dumping of litter and mess and to change people’s behaviour.
Clean Up Scotland aims to engage 1,000,000 people across Scotland – individuals, local groups and businesses – in activities ranging from signing the pledge to organising a clean-up in their local area. The campaign will highlight the issues that affect far too many Scots, such as litter, dog fouling, flytipping, flyposting, graffiti and abandoned cars.
Commenting after signing the pledge, John said:
“Littering, flytipping and dog fouling are some of the biggest issues people across out communities get in touch with me about and despite efforts by local authorities across the area I believe the problem is on the increase.
“Everyone can do their bit to reduce this problem and I’m looking forward to helping in any way I can but what we do need is councils and the police to enforce the rules against this kind of anti-social behaviour.
“We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world but one which is blighted by other people’s mess.”