Great Angus Beach Clean Sept 2020

We are holding a Covid safe Great Angus Beach Clean weekend of 19th and 20th September. Why not make a difference in these difficult times and collect 4 items of litter from a beach near you. If you can't get to a beach then why not pick up 4 items from the street or the park and prevent it from reaching the sea. Remember that 80% of marine litter originates from land. 
 
Please place your 4 items of litter in a local bin. If you are collecting litter from the beach between Carnoustie and Arbroath and wish to pick up more you can leave it in a bin bag above the high tide line (make it visible) and we will colllect it in the All-Terrain -Vehcile. 
 
Beach Organiser Leads across the Angus Coast are organising private cleans to ensure that they can record their MCS 100m survey data. School chidlren are cleaning litter from their playgrounds and surrounding areas. 
 
In East Haven we have been gifted a massive share station from East Grampian Coastal Partnership. From there we can loan equipment to the public and also give them gloves and bags.
 
People have been walking Scotland's beaches for hundreds of years and keeping themselves safe. We can all do this and the following provides a reminder of how we can take responsibility for our own safety. 
 
Low tide is at 10am on Saturday and 10.45am on Sunday
Don't go out if you have any covid 19 symptoms.
bring strong gloves (like gardening gloves)
bring a bag for what you collect.
bring a litter picker if you have one.
bring hand sanitiser
think about the weather e.g. bring waterproofs or sunscreen – whichever is needed
cover up any cuts.
Don't lift anything too heavy or sharp
 

Great Angus Beach Clean

The Great Angus Beach Clean is the largest event of its type  to take place in Angus. The 3 day event takes place twice a year in Spring and September and provides a unique opportunity for everybody to get involved. It is incredibly disappointing that we will not be able to hold the  April 2020 clean due to the Carona Virus outbreak but we hope the event scheduled to take place from 18th to 20th September will go ahead.

Thanks to grant funding from LEADER, the European rural development programme, East Haven Together have purchased a Utility Vehicle capable of transporting marine litter from the beach. During the 3 day event, people of all ages and all abilities are encouraged to take a walk along the coast  and pick up litter in the knowledge that they won’t have to carry it far. It will be collected from just above the high tide mark by the beach UTV at the times identified above. The public are asked to collect litter and position it carefully in black bin liners which can be tied to ensure that litter is not accessible to seagulls and is not blown away. Stacked in a visible location just above the high tide mark will enable collection from the entire coast line. Aerial photographs taken by pilots in the Scrapbook project show marine litter caught in remote places along the Angus coast. Why not consider taking part and do your bit to turn the plastic tide.  

Report on Second Great Angus Beach Clean

Do your bit - play a part - make a difference.

Young People and LItter

In an article in the Dundee Courier on 14th December the work of Angus secondary school pupils driving a new initiative to clean up their local communities was highlighted. Senior pupil teams from Arbroath Academy and the High school have met to explore ways in which they can care for the environment, make a difference and help to change negative stereotypical views about young  people who are often blamed for street litter. The truth of it is, people of all ages in society are responsible for littering with certain groups responsible for certain types of littering and in certain places. The most littered item in Angus is cigarette butts and it is not school age pupils who are responsible for smoking related litter. There is some research to show that smokers in general are more likely to litter than any other group. Whether this is because they are so used to dropping cigarette butts that dropping other types of litter becomes second nature it is not clear.                                                                                  Within the school age population it is becoming increasingly  apparent that primary school pupils are very environmentally aware. However, there is evidence to show that somewhere in the transition between Primary and Secondary school this concern for the environment can change. This is most often seen in littering behaviours around eateries at lunch time and on the route to and from school. Hopefully the enthusiasm and commitment of these ambassadors will help reverse that trend and remind the group of secondary school pupils who let the side down that it really is not cool to litter. 

 

Arbroath Healthy Living Initative

“The Arbroath Oot N’ Aboot group are part of the Arbroath Healthy Living Initiative and supported by Angus Council Communities team. They have taken part in eight litter picks in Arbroath this year and collected over 100 bags of rubbish. Litter picks have included the areas around the Timmergreen shops, Mayfield shops (twice), Strathairlie Avenue, the Beach and West Links (twice), Hospitalfield Road woods (twice), and Peasiehill industrial estate.                                                         Making a difference 😍

Montrose Bay Group

Live in Montrose? Care about the marine environment? Why not consider joining the MoBay group and help to keep the fantastic Montrose beach  area clean and free from litter. Find more about the activities of MoBay on their Facebook page. 

Keep Kirrie Clean

Kirriemuir is the Gateway to the Glens and home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Angus. 'Keep Kirrie Clean' aim to do just what they say and volunteers meet regulalry to ensure the area remains a great place to live and visit. Why not join them on one of their regualr clean up events. Visit their Facebook page; Keep Kirrie Clean.

 

 

Monifieth

Like name, like nature, Monifieth Eco Force are a force to be reckoned with and go out in all weathers and in all terrains to clean up and create a clean, green environment. Monifieth Eco Force also participate in the Beautiful Scotland competition and are therefore involved in year round activities to involve the community and make environmental improvements. Anybody wishing to get involved with Monifieth Eco Force can contact Alex Graham directly, or the Community Council or message us via angusisace@gmail.com

  • Monifieth Eco Force

  • Winter 2018

Keptie Friends Arbroath

Wendy Coutts in Brechin is one of a key group of around five volunteers who have taken action locally against litter and fly-tipping.  A Facebook page called ‘brechin rant on’ highlighted  that many locals were unhappy about the impact of litter and rather than moan, Wendy and the group decided to do something about it. 

The main focus of activity has been the exit roads from the town. The group ensure that fly tipping is reported to the Council and encourage land owners to act responsibly when rubbish is dumped, offering help where they can. The group have developed a good working relationship with Angus Council Waste Management team and liaise closely regarding littering of all types.

Along with other community groups, volunteers tend to give each exit road one clean per year, generally in January or February when the grass has died back. These picks are generally attended by between 5 and 10 volunteers who lift around 200 bags of litter from the roadsides. On average they undertake seven full clean up events over the winter with some individuals out collecting litter every day.

Wendy commented that, “despite this being a grotty job we are always cheery and it's great to get out in the fresh air, do our bit for the community and meet new folk. Driving into Brechin and seeing the roadsides free of litter gives me a great sense of satisfaction and  makes all the effort worthwhile.  Litter picking and being out meeting people is a great way of keeping connected to your community”. 

If this is something Brechin folk want to get more involved with then please contact Wendycoutts@rocketmail.com 

 

East Haven Together

Wendy Coutts in Brechin is one of a key group of around five volunteers who have taken action locally against litter and fly-tipping.  A Facebook page called ‘brechin rant on’ highlighted  that many locals were unhappy about the impact of litter and rather than moan, Wendy and the group decided to do something about it. 

The main focus of activity has been the exit roads from the town. The group ensure that fly tipping is reported to the Council and encourage land owners to act responsibly when rubbish is dumped, offering help where they can. The group have developed a good working relationship with Angus Council Waste Management team and liaise closely regarding littering of all types.

Along with other community groups, volunteers tend to give each exit road one clean per year, generally in January or February when the grass has died back. These picks are generally attended by between 5 and 10 volunteers who lift around 200 bags of litter from the roadsides. On average they undertake seven full clean up events over the winter with some individuals out collecting litter every day.

Wendy commented that, “despite this being a grotty job we are always cheery and it's great to get out in the fresh air, do our bit for the community and meet new folk. Driving into Brechin and seeing the roadsides free of litter gives me a great sense of satisfaction and  makes all the effort worthwhile.  Litter picking and being out meeting people is a great way of keeping connected to your community”. 

If this is something Brechin folk want to get more involved with then please contact Wendycoutts@rocketmail.com 

 

Brechin

Wendy Coutts in Brechin is one of a key group of around five volunteers who have taken action locally against litter and fly-tipping.  A Facebook page called ‘brechin rant on’ highlighted  that many locals were unhappy about the impact of litter and rather than moan, Wendy and the group decided to do something about it. 

The main focus of activity has been the exit roads from the town. The group ensure that fly tipping is reported to the Council and encourage land owners to act responsibly when rubbish is dumped, offering help where they can. The group have developed a good working relationship with Angus Council Waste Management team and liaise closely regarding littering of all types.

Along with other community groups, volunteers tend to give each exit road one clean per year, generally in January or February when the grass has died back. These picks are generally attended by between 5 and 10 volunteers who lift around 200 bags of litter from the roadsides. On average they undertake seven full clean up events over the winter with some individuals out collecting litter every day.

Wendy commented that, “despite this being a grotty job we are always cheery and it's great to get out in the fresh air, do our bit for the community and meet new folk. Driving into Brechin and seeing the roadsides free of litter gives me a great sense of satisfaction and  makes all the effort worthwhile.  Litter picking and being out meeting people is a great way of keeping connected to your community”. 

If this is something Brechin folk want to get more involved with then please contact Wendycoutts@rocketmail.com