Great Angus Beach Clean

The first Great Angus Beach Clean, the largest beach clean of it's type ever to take place in Angus  took place from 10th - 12th May 2019. The event was launched by over 60 children from Ladyloan Primary school in Arbroath who cleaned the section of beach behind the Signal Tower in Arbroath. More than 200 members of the public took part over 3 days leaving bags of marine litter above the high tide mark. This was collected by members of East Haven Together in the new Can-Am Traxter funded by LEADER to enable litter to be collected from ore remote areas of the coast. In addition, members of Keptie Friends and St Vigeans Conservation group undertoook a mammoth clean of the Brothock Burn to prevent items escaping into the sea. A huge survey took place to identify what type of items were found throughout the 3 days and this can be found in the report below. 

In normal times the Great Angus Beach Clean is held twice a year in Spring and in September.

Great Angus Beach Clean

Report on Flytipping & Littering on Tourist Route to Glamis

ACE member Sandie Wright, reports on significant problems on the main tourist route to Glamis.

Scotland's International Marine Conference

Scotland held its first International Marine Conference at Strathclyde University in Glasgow last week where ACE and East Haven presented a poster abstract of the work undertaken locally to contribute to clean and healthy seas. Representatives from more than 10 nations met to share information and collaborate on ideas and interventions to save our seas from pollution and the impact of climate change. Inspiring speakers contributed to debate and discussion about issues from reducing litter at source to interventions to remove it and reuse it. Our seas provide around 70% of our oxygen and it really is a race against time to save the marine environment from catastrophic pollution of all types. It is generally agreed that around 80% of marine litter comes from land based sources such as street litter, agricultural and industrial sources. A number of initiatives are taking place across the world to educate people and reduce the amount of non-reusable waste being produced. In Scotland, the plastic cotton bud ban will be implemented in summer 2019 and the Bottle Return Scheme is progressing through its various consultation phases. 

Around 20% of marine litter comes from the fishing industry itself and much time was spent exploring ways in which fishing gear can be prevented from entering the sea and quickly recovered and reused if it does. Fishing gear is, by its very nature, some of the most dangerous and deadly litter being purposefully designed to capture and kill marine life. New studies also highlight that 40% to 70% of micro plastics in our oceans can be traced back to ghost fishing gear. Sadly, almost all sea birds have now ingested micro-plastics and they have also entered the food chain. There is now a real urgency at both a global level and a local level to act quickly to save the the seas and ultimately the planet for future generations. The Conference provided an opportunity to hear first hand about the work being undertaken by scientists, researchers, engineers and innovators across the world to find solutions some of which are well advanced and will be used in the near future to progress the worldwide effort. As the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said at the conference, Scotland is uniquely placed to help solve the global crisis. Not just because we have a strong history of living and working near the sea but because we CARE about it. This is demonstrated everyday across Angus as more and more people show their concern about street litter and help to reduce it before it reaches the sea. 

A key outcome of the conference was that the British Irish Council agreed three key areas where they could collaborate further to ensure progress on this issue: establishing a system to facilitate the recycling of end of life fishing gear; co-operative working to further reduce the loss of pre-production plastics across the supply chain; and improving educational materials and modules on marine litter for young people and the fishing industry. Minsters also agreed to register these actions as a joint voluntary pledge in the UN Communities of Ocean Action registry of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

  • Morrisons, Arbroath. Helping reduce single use plastic packaging

  • Take your own reusable container

  • Purchase your butchers meat and fish

  • Did you know?

    That it is possible to purchase 6ft and 8ft Litter Pickers for hard to access places from Helping Hand.

  • Did you know?

    The majority of black plastic packaging is not able to be sorted by the optical sorting systems widely used in plastics recycling. As a result, black plastic packaging commonly ends up in landfill. Let's reduce what we buy and tell our local retailers that we don't want them to use it.

  • Did you know?

    The Green Dot does not necessarily mean that the packaging is recyclable, will be recycled or has been recycled. It is a symbol used on packaging in some European countries and signifies that the producer has made a financial contribution towards the recovery and recycling of packaging in Europe.

  • Did you Know?

    Hundreds of thousands of pounds a year are being wasted because Angus residents are putting the wrong things into their recycling bins. Check out the Right stuff, Right bin campaign.

WasteAid UK

Image courtesy of WasteAid UK

Cath Wilson from Zero Waste Scotland recently travelled to India to see first hand the problem with waste and litter in this otherwise beautiful country. Cath has subsequently become an Associate with WasteAid UK and has written a blog about her experience in India. The problems are immense but it seems to ACE that India has a lot to teach Scotland about resilience and how to mobilise citizens to take action.

  • Did you know?

    The cost of cleaning streets and open spaces, including emptying litter bins & removal of flytipping in Angus amounted to £1,853,301 in 2016/17

  • Did you know?

    There are over 1600 public waste bins on the Angus Council network. Dog waste can go in any bin except recycling on the go bins.