• The new litter of 2020

  • A poster from ACE

  • The masks are killing wildlife

Arbroath Football Club (Red Lichties)

In a unique partnership Arbroath Football Club have joined forces with Angus Clean Environments (ACE) to reduce littering in the stadium at Gayfield in Arbroath. This project is particularly important to ACE who are trying to reduce source to sea litter and change littering behaviour. As Gayfield Park is situated closer to the sea than almost any other football stadium of its size in Scotland the risk of litter entering the sea at this location is high. In the past, litter has remained in the stadium for up to a couple of weeks.  Arbroath Football Club are keen to ensure that that the beautiful game lives up to its name and have worked to develop a Litter Champion scheme with ACE. This involves the club providing free tickets to matches along with a cuppa and pie at half time for fans who are willing to both prevent littering and help clean up after matches. In 2014 the Scottish Football Association recognised that sporting events can have a significant impact on changing public attitudes. However, due to security and health and safety, the management of waste and recycling remains a major challenge for many clubs. Arbroath Football Club have increased the number of bins inside the stadium and used key messages such as Bobby Linn says stick it in the bin to persuade fans to chnage their behaviour. Keep Scotland Beautiful and Helping Hand have provided Litter Pickers and Angus Council have supplied hoops. 

Litter Champions make themselves visible prior to the match by walking along the terraces and allowing fans to deposit any litter items. During the game itself Litter Champions can watch the match or work away quietly without interupting anybody's enjoyment of the game.  

After the game Litter Champions undertake a sweep of the stadium to ensure that every item of litter is removed.  

Overwhelmingly, fans have welcomed the opportunity to do the right thing with their litter. These are some of their comments.

  • Thanks very much for doing this. I hate leaving my litter in the stadium
  • Thanks so much for doing this. It’s so important.
  • This is just brilliant. It’s terrible for the kids to see adults leaving their litter everywhere.
  • Thanks very much. All stadiums should be doing this.
  • I hope the SFA know what you are doing? All clubs should be taking note
  • Please can I give you some money. I really want to show my gratitude.
  • I wish that the Club had bins in the stadium
  • It’s so important to stop litter and plastics going into the sea.
  • People don’t want to leave their litter under the seats you know but there just aren’t any bins.

 

Let's update Scotland's Litter Strategy!

This letter was sent to Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary. Since then, ACE have participated in a review of the strategy and a report should be made available soon.

Don't Let Go campaign

It has felt at times as if we have had a mountain to climb but we are delighted  that Angus Council now  feel able to consolidate Community Enforcement Officer roles. Following a campaign by ACE, the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, wrote to Graeme Dey, MSP, to say that he is unable identify any reason why roles shouldn't be consolidated enabling Parking Officers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for littering whilst also wearing a parking officer uniform.

Angus Council's Legal team have reviewed the legislation and concur with the Ministers view. This is an important achievement for ACE as it means that Local Authorities across Scotland can use their scare resources more efficiently and effectively. It also strengthens the enforcement arm of Scotland's Litter Strategy. 

An Achievement for ACE

It has felt at times as if we have had a mountain to climb but we are delighted  that Angus Council now   feel able to consolidate Community Enforcement Officer roles. Following a campaign by ACE, the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, wrote to Graeme Dey, MSP, to say that he is unable identify any reason why roles shouldn't be consolidated enabling Parking Officers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for littering whilst also wearing a parking officer uniform.

Angus Council's Legal team have reviewed the legislation and concur with the Ministers view. This is an important achievement for ACE as it means that Local Authorities across Scotland can use their scare resources more efficiently and effectively. It also strengthens the enforcement arm of Scotland's Litter Strategy. 

Letter from Humza Yousaf, Transport Minister

Find out what the Transport Minister said in response to an enquiry from Graeme Dey on behalf of ACE regarding consolidation of the role of Community Enforcement Officers

Angus Council have launched the Right stuff, Right bin campaign to help reduce the cost of items placed in the wrong bin. The Council are charged hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to remove contaminated items and this is money which could be better spent elsewhere.

www.angus.gov.uk/cleanupangus

Consolidation of the role of Community Enforcement Officers

Graeme Dey, MSP raised this issue on our behalf with the Scottish Government.

Right stuff, Right bin campaign

Angus Council have launched the Right stuff, Right bin campaign to help reduce the cost of items placed in the wrong bin. The Council are charged hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to remove contaminated items and this is money which could be better spent elsewhere.

www.angus.gov.uk/cleanupangus

Right stuff Right bin sticker- Angus Council
What should and should not go in your recycling bin

We have written to Angus Councillors to call for a ban on the use of straws and other non recyclable packaging. Early responses are very favourable and we hope to see public statements soon.

Creating a plastic free village

We are carrying out work to try and change the behaviour of local Creelers and reduce the amount of damaged gear washed up on our beaches. Not only does the behaviour of some Creelers result in gear being lost but as a group, they refuse to uplift damaged creels as it is not lucrative for them to do so. Community groups in Angus have collected damaged creels on their behalf for 20 years but we now think it is time for change. Lost and abandoned fishing equipment is one of the biggest threats to animals in our oceans. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year which amounts to more than one tonne every minute!

Graeme Dey, MSP is working with Angus residents to try and gain the support of national marine organisations and the Scottish Creelers Association. Watch this space!

Commercial Dog Walkers

We are carrying out work to try and change the behaviour of local Creelers and reduce the amount of damaged gear washed up on our beaches. Not only does the behaviour of some Creelers result in gear being lost but as a group, they refuse to uplift damaged creels as it is not lucrative for them to do so. Community groups in Angus have collected damaged creels on their behalf for 20 years but we now think it is time for change. Lost and abandoned fishing equipment is one of the biggest threats to animals in our oceans. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year which amounts to more than one tonne every minute!

Graeme Dey, MSP is working with Angus residents to try and gain the support of national marine organisations and the Scottish Creelers Association. Watch this space!

Damaged Creels

We are carrying out work to try and change the behaviour of local Creelers and reduce the amount of damaged gear washed up on our beaches. Not only does the behaviour of some Creelers result in gear being lost but as a group, they refuse to uplift damaged creels as it is not lucrative for them to do so. Community groups in Angus have collected damaged creels on their behalf for 20 years but we now think it is time for change. Lost and abandoned fishing equipment is one of the biggest threats to animals in our oceans. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year which amounts to more than one tonne every minute!

Graeme Dey, MSP is working with Angus residents to try and gain the support of national marine organisations and the Scottish Creelers Association. Watch this space!