Turning the tide on litter

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Published Date: 

24 May 2016 - 10:08

Over 120 people from across Helensburgh and Lomond took part in a number of beach cleans in the area last weekend resulting in more than 150 bags of rubbish being collected.

The beach cleans were organised by Argyll and Bute Council's amenity services and community development teams, and saw kind-hearted members of the public turn out in force to do their bit for the environment.

Two beach cleans took place in Helensburgh whilst others were held in Kidston, Rhu, Garelochhead, Rosneath and Kilcreggan.

Those who gave up their time to volunteer included the local boy scouts, Helensburgh Eco Congregation and Beach Cleaners, Rhu and Shandon Community Council, Garelochhead Community Council and Rosneath Community Council.

The Council's Policy Lead for Amenity Services and Depute Leader of the Council, Councillor Ellen Morton said: "We all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter and looking after our coastline. Beach and marine litter can be a huge problem at times. Not only is it dangerous to our marine life, it can also be dangerous to people as well as having an impact on our tourism industry.

"It is therefore very encouraging to see the people of Helensburgh and Lomond coming together to do their bit for the environment and their local community."

Many local organisations and groups, such as Cardross Community Council, get together regularly to carry out beach cleans in their local area and this is something the council wants to encourage.

Equipment such as bin bags and litter picks can be provided and the council will take away all rubbish collected. If you would like to organise a beach clean in your area, contact Craig Callaghan by emailing Craig.Callaghan@argyll-bute.gov.uk .