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All that litter turns to gold for Casey

Yesterday (13/7/2021), Perth & Kinross' youngest Litter Picking Volunteer, 5 year old Casey Bell, was named by Perth & Kinross Council as a Gold Litter Picker in recognition of her enthusiasm for litter picking.

Casey's dream when she grows up is a 'Litter Picker Upper', something she started doing when she was 3 years old when out on walks with her family.

Perth & Kinross Council has a small number of Gold Litter Pickers for awarding to members of the community who go above and beyond in their litter picking activities - and this is the first Gold Litter Picker to be awarded. 

Casey was invited to visit and tour the Pitlochry Depot and got to sit in the Council's Street Sweeping Vehicle which collects litter and cleans the area's roads and gutters.

Councillor Angus Forbes explains, "Casey is an inspiration to us all - she has been litter picking with her family for a couple of years now, and - despite being so young - she is passionate about the litter that is discarded across beautiful Highland Perthshire where she lives. 

"We're presenting Casey with her own litter picker as this is an example of the Perth & Kinross Offer: where the Council and householders work together to make Perth and Kinross an even nicer place to live and work.  Casey demonstrates that everyone has something to offer in Perth & Kinross - regardless of age." 

Laura Bell, Casey's mum, said: "We are in absolute awe of Casey and how passionate she is about being a litter picker upper no matter the weather. She's always wanted to be one and we want to encourage her - even if it adds an hour or two on to our daily walks. 

"It makes her day when the crew in the blue vehicles wave to her - especially one lorry in particular that beeped at her last week.  She loves picking up litter, but gets annoyed when rubbish appears in her clean area the next day. 

"Casey was over the moon about her invite to the Pitlochry depot and has been struggling to sleep with the excitement.  We can't thank Perth and Kinross Council enough for making her dreams come true."

Householders who would like to litter pick in their area are encouraged to visit our community litter picking pages to find details of their nearest Litter Picker Host, who they can borrow litter picking equipment from.  Alternatively, householders can contact the Council's Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476 or email wasteawareness@pkc.gov.uk

Contact details

Waste and recycling

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476