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.
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