Rubbish banished from Angus coast

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It was all hands on deck at Angus beachfronts on Saturday as the community turned out to tidy up the trash.

The event was part of the ‘Prevent Litter and Pick Up 3’ project being led by Angus Council who have teamed up with the West Links park co-ordinator, East Haven Residents Association, the Skate Park Committee, local businesses, volunteers and residents to encourage the community to stop littering.

Volunteers were supplied with safety gloves, bin bags, and grappler pick-up sticks.

An enthusiastic East Haven group moved west to meet up with the Arbroath team who had started the litter pick from West Links Park.

Full rubbish bags were picked up along the way by council vans.

The project, funded by Zero Waste Scotland, encourages local residents, cyclists, walkers, skaters and other users of the project area to pick up any three items of litter they see and place them in one of the newly installed litter or recycling bins.

In addition to the litter pick, there has been on-going engagement with members of the public in the project area. Community Wardens and staff from the Waste, Parks and Countryside Management departments have been actively engaging with people across the Project Area to get involved by preventing litter and Pick Up 3.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, chair of the Angus Council Pride in Place Group, said: “Many thanks to everyone who came along to the litter pick. They did an excellent job and are a credit to Angus. It goes to show there is a real community effort from people who are willing to give up their time to help the county look its very best.”

Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Through Prevent and Pick Up 3, the communities in Arbroath and East Haven have shown a terrific effort to get together and clean up litter, and even more importantly, raise awareness about the effect of dropping it in the first place.”