THE Great Borders River Clean returns this weekend for its bi-annual litter pick-up along the region’s waterways.

The event has grown into the UK’s biggest simultaneous river clean-up, with more than 20 towns and villages across the border taking part.

Tom Rawson, founder of GreenTweed Eco, which aims to connect environmental groups with schools, launched the river clean-up sponsored by Bright Green Nature and the Fallago Environment Fund.

He said: “The Great Borders River Clean program is going from strength to strength, removing thousands of kilograms of litter from rivers and streams across the Borders.

“We’re really getting to the heart of the problem in some places, thanks to the significant reduction in haulage in recent editions.

“I’m also very pleased to announce the ongoing partnership between GreenTweed Eco and Taste House Coffee as we work together to reduce plastic pollution in Scotland’s waterways and beaches.”

Alex Wild, spokesperson for Taste House Coffee, added: “Until we can eliminate single-use plastic from our supply chain, we are committed to removing at least twice as much from the environment as we use.”

Read more stories at Scottish fieldwildlife pages.

Also, don’t miss the photos of the deadbeats taken by photographer Kevin Morgans November issue Scottish field magazine.

Great Borders River Clean makes a splash this weekend