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Swifts flock for environmental goal

By Iwan Davies

An integral part of the North Muirton community, Jeanfield Swifts wants to maintain a healthy, clean environment for its members and neighbours.

“Our club is part of the community and we want to show leadership and take responsibility for change and improvement within it.” Iwan Davies, Jeanfield Swifts Community FC

Players and coaches of Jeanfield Swifts Community Football Club came together on Sunday 10th June to do their bit for both environment and community as they took part in a litter pick organised by Zero Waste Perth.

With single-use plastics like bottles and straws very much in the headlines right now, the Swifts were not only cleaning up their community, but also helped highlight Zero Waste Perth’s ‘Blue Tay for a Blue Planet’ initiative which aims to raise awareness that in-land litter can all too easily find its way to the ocean.

Fiona McBain from Zero Waste Perth said: “Many people now realise there is great urgency required to tackle the issue of single-use plastics and other litter, some of which unfortunately ends up being washed down the river and out to sea - a quick glance at the banks of the River Tay and the problem is evident. We’re absolutely delighted to be joining forces with Perth’s community football team this weekend to help do something about it.”
With their Riverside Stadium a perfectly placed free kick away from the banks of the Tay, Jeanfield Swifts are tackling the issue head on.

Swifts Secretary, Iwan Davies, said: “Our club is part of the community and we want to show leadership and take responsibility for change and improvement within it. This is a great opportunity for players and coaches to come together, take action, have some fun and be part of the change we all want to see in the area.”

For more information visit or contact Zero Waste Perth on 01738 475289.

About Zero Waste Scotland

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund, through which Scotland’s Zero Waste Towns are funded, is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • Zero Waste Perth received £300,000 of funding under this programme until March 2020.
  • Zero Waste Perth is a partnership agreement between Beautiful Perth (fomerly Perth In Bloom), Perth and Kinross Council and Perth College UHI’s EcoTechnic.
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • The River Tay is designated as a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ under an EC habitat directive which affords protection to specific species, including salmon, otters and lampreys. The Tay watershed is the largest catchment area in Scotland, encompassing some 2 800 sure miles.

Updated 10:39 - 21 Aug 2018 by Steve Antoniewicz

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