‘Why this is important’
Marine and land based litter is a growing issue – in 2015, 7 out of 10 items found on Argyll and Bute beaches were made of plastic. This spoils our beautiful landscape, causes problems for wildlife and even poses a risk to humans, as plastics have now been found in our food chain.
The good news is that you can do something to make a difference. Please take your litter home if you can’t find a bin. It may not always be convenient but it’s a real help. If you’re a resident or a regular visitor then why not join in our local beach cleans!
The Lochgoilhead beach is cleaned twice yearly by the Community council but between the mechanised cleans, volunteers regularly remove plastic and other litter from the beach – we filled 48 bags of litter in just 3 beach cleans in 2016. Carrick beach is cleaned annually by the Carrick Boat and Mooring Association.
There are also individuals picking up litter from the village and beach throughout the year and the local primary school is very active in educating the next generation about the problem (they made the sign featured in the above photo).
For general information about beach cleaning visit www.mcsuk.org
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