Katherine finds that where there's muck there's brass

A Brechin woman has turned trash into cash thanks to an innovative partnership between Keep Scotland Beautiful’s and behaviour change app LitterLotto.
Katherine Thomas found out about LitterLotto through Paws on Plastic. She is now encouraging others to sign up for the initiative.Katherine Thomas found out about LitterLotto through Paws on Plastic. She is now encouraging others to sign up for the initiative.
Katherine Thomas found out about LitterLotto through Paws on Plastic. She is now encouraging others to sign up for the initiative.

Katherine Thomas recently won £250 thanks to the arrangement.

The 38-year-old has always been a keen litter picker as a dog walker and supporter of Paws on Plastic, but now makes a point of picking up more.

She said: “I found out about LitterLotto through Paws on Plastic. It makes me pick up a lot more than what I did. I used to go to the beach and specific areas to pick up litter or pick up bits when I was picking up after the dog. Now I’ll just pick up what I see and take it to the next bin.”

Katherine admitted that while her efforts make a difference, it is not long before litter reappears.

Just days after the Scottish Government announced a review of disposable vapes and their impact on the environment, Katherine said: “I’ve noticed a lot more vapes.

“When I’ve been picking up litter it looks better but if you don’t do it for a few days it’s just as bad.”

However, she is hopeful that more people will become involved and help reduce the amount of litter across the county.

She continued: “I think the more people that do it the more people can keep on top of it and the more will go in the bin.

“With LitterLotto you get a count of how much you’ve picked up and picking up things on our walk, you can pick up 30 items and not really realise that’s 30 bits of litter that have gone in the bin.”

Catherine Gee, Keep Scotland Beautiful deputy chief executive, added: “This collaboration is all about encouraging people to help tackle the country’s litter emergency and it’s brilliant to see people across the country getting involved.

“I’m looking forward to seeing many more Scottish winners benefiting from helping to keep Scotland beautiful, and with our Spring Clean due to kick off in March it is the ideal time for people to get involved in making a difference.”

The LitterLotto app is available to download for free on the App Store and Android Store. Visit the LitterLotto website for details.