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.