Beach clean success for Ayrshire

OVER 700 bags of rubbish were removed on one day by an amazing 240 volunteers who took part in a Beach Clean event organised by the Rotary in South Ayrshire.

Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick and Troon Rotary Clubs linked together with Scouts, Boys Brigade and youth club members, students, primary school children, parents, and pensioners, for their fifth Annual South Ayrshire Rotary Beach Cleanmes Beeg from the Rotary Club of Ayr said: “The 240 strong party had a wonderful morning for it, and we set to work cleaning up 19 miles of coastline. 

“In just over four hours, we had removed 721 bags of rubbish from Girvan, Dipple Shore, North Croy, Dunure, Bracken Bay, Craig Tara, Greenan, Doonfoot, Seafield, Newton, Prestwick and Barassie beaches. Over the past five years, the Beach Clean has resulted in a 40% reduction in litter gathered from Ayrshire beaches – and the Ayrshire Coastal Path just loves it. A big Rotary thanks to all who took part.”

Over 97,000 volunteers – in fact, 13,569 more than in 2010 - gave their time between 14 March and 16 May to support Keep Scotland Beautiful’s National Spring Clean campaign, with 1,867 being from South Ayrshire.

In South Ayrshire, groups from community councils, schools and nurseries, youth groups, businesses, charities, guides and scouts, council staff, Beautiful Scotland groups, rotary, and churches all pulled on their yellow Keep Scotland Tidy tabards and spent time cleaning up different locations. The result of all the hard work is that 26 public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, playing fields, tourist hotspots, riversides, beaches, country parks, road verges, villages and town centres in South Ayrshire will be litter free for summer.

Picking up thousands of discarded juice and alcohol bottles and cans, crisp bags and fast food wrappers, volunteers in South Ayrshire worked hard to keep their part of Scotland beautiful.

Across the nation, using litter pickers and gloved hands each person collected on average one and a half black bags of waste - that is enough to fill 145,855 street litter bins!

Many groups also recycled the litter they collected this year, helping reduce the amount going to landfill and supporting Scotland’s zero waste targets. Zero Waste Scotland provided funding to support the event.

Helen Darvill, Team Leader for Volunteer Campaigns at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: ”I am astounded by the number of people who have given up their time this year to keep their own parts of Scotland beautiful. It is a real achievement that 1,867 people from South Ayrshire came out in force to take part in National Spring Clean 2011, and I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has been involved – from the local authorites, businesses, schools and nurseries, community councils, and enthusiastic individuals – you all deserve a massive pat on the back. Keep Scotland Beautiful shares the government’s vision for Scotland to be cleaner, greener, safer and more sustainable, and everyone involved in National Spring Clean is helping Scotland achieve this. Let’s try and reach the 100,000 mark next year!”