Melrose folk urged to take a bag for a walk

Community-minded Melrose folk are being asked to “take a bag for a walk” as the normally tidy town suffers from litter louts.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 4:48 pm
Val Millar is asking Melrose folk to take pride in their community, by picking up litter while out on a walk.

Community councillor Val Millar says the current Covid-19 restrictions have put a hold on community clean-ups, but insists there’s nothing to stop people picking up litter on a walk.

She said: “Of course, the ideal thing is that nobody drops their litter, but unfortunately, that is increasingly not the case.

"I know youths are desperate to meet up with their friends, but they don't pick up after themselves. It’s an education issue, really.

"In Australia, they have a tagline of something like pack it in, pack it out, so that people on the beach or whatever takes home their own rubbish.

"A lot more people are taking a walk for their daily exercise … many have taken on a dog over the last year.

"We can’t organise a proper clean-up like we used to, but it would be great if these people took a bag with them to keep on top of the issue.

"This is the perfect time to do it, as the grass and bushes on our many walks have not grown yet. I have several bags available, bin bags and smaller bags which have been donated by the town’s Co-op.

"I also have litter pickers and gloves, so if anyone wants to borrow them, they can give me a call on 01896 822758.

"I'm also happy to ensure they are all sanitised between uses, as well.”

Val said that small, socially-distanced groups have been tidying the paths around neighbouring Gattonside and Darnick.

She added: “It's great for couples as well, if you’re out on a walk, take a bag, and pick up any litter you see.”