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A litter pick with a difference this weekend (Saturday 24 July at 10am – 12pm) is taking place along the canal towpath between the Falkirk Wheel and Bonnybridge.

Joining community volunteers will be Charlotte Megret and Neil Smith – the ‘Rubbish Paddlers’ – who are touring the country’s canals and waterways cleaning up litter and removing discarded items.


The Paddlers use paddleboards to get up close to litter on the water and where possible, aim to recycle or upcycle material they find.

They are currently travelling across the country from north west Scotland to the Scottish Borders using mainly paddle boards but occasionally public transport (you can follow them on Facebook as they progress). 

The pair have asked the local community to come along and join in a community litter pick with equipment provided by Falkirk Council for the event.

Neil Smith explained: “The central belt part of the journey will provide its own challenges as it is very different to the waterways we have previously experienced.

“The tunnels and canals will be fun to explore and hopefully we can collect as much rubbish as we can. 

Councillor Paul Garner, Spokesperson for the Environment said: “This is a fantastic undertaking being carried out by Neil and Charlotte, not only are they paddling along some of Scotland’s most attractive waterways, they are helping keep it tidy - what an inspiration.  I would encourage everyone to lend a hand and join in.”

How to join in

Anyone interested in taking part should meet outside the Falkirk Wheel visitor centre at 10am on Saturday 24 July. If possible, please indicate if you are coming in advance to help plan for numbers by emailing

Community litter picks 

Support for local community litter picks is available all year round.