A great evening for all our community volunteers who cleaned up litter and waste from the New Halls Road beach, Hawes Pier beach, Hawes Brae, Long Craig pathway including parking bays and the woodlands directly under the Rail Bridge.
CleanFerry and the local Cub Group joined forces on Saturday 12th May to take part in the Clean Up Scotland 2018 'Spring Clean' and the weather was fantastic with lots of sunshine. The event was a roaring success with a huge community team of 38 volunteers. We hauled in around 24 bags of litter, cruise ship signs, traffic signs, iron bars, wooden notice boards, a hoover, a whirly dryer, traffic cones and lots of black cable ties found on the Hawes Pier beach.
Edinburgh Council are presently investigating the source of the discarded cable ties.
CleanFerry in March this year started working with the local Cubs, Leaders and their families to reduce litter in the play ground, recycle more at home and look for ways on how to reduce the amount of plastic products at home.
This year the Cubs are working hard to gain the ZSL World Challenge Award and Saturday's beach cleans by the Cubs & Leaders will help greatly with achieving this award.
This years event was organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful to encourage everyone to help remove litter from across the country, here is their message directed to all communities:
Keep Scotland Beautiful are calling all residents across Scotland to roll up their sleeves this April & May to help remove litter from their local area before it goes on to pollute Scotland's rivers, seas and oceans.
Families across the country are trying to cut down on their plastic consumption and hence reduce the damage it causes to marine life. However, with 80% of marine litter coming from the land, we are calling for all volunteers from across the country to take part in the Clean Up Scotland 2018 Spring Clean - where they can work together to help transform their local area and reduce the amount of litter that ends up in Scotland's rivers, canals and lochs.
On Saturday morning everyone enjoyed being outdoors in the lovely weather to help improve our local coastline including a few beaches. The Cubs, Leaders and Parents worked well together to produce excellent results and one of the Leaders had this to say about the successful community event:
Hi David, it was a great day yesterday.
Cubs really enjoyed it, and sticking together as a pack was actually better in hindsight as the Cubs formed their one small teams and worked really well combing the whole beach.
At the beach west of the lifeboat station, we collected several bags full, a road sign and an iron bar. Lots of wet wipes, McDonalds and Burger King packaging waste, the strangest object collected was a ladies bra ...
After that beach, we headed straight for the beach east of the lifeboat station. Another 2 CleanFerry volunteers were already there so that beach was not too bad by the time we arrived, but we did manage to collect several more bags of rubbish and a cruise ship visit sign, which we left by your own collection under the Rail Bridge.
A significant number of cable ties picked up on this beach, we think from the 'No Parking' notices that are installed when a cruise ship visits our historic town. Operators are cutting the signs down and possibly throwing the cable tie cuttings onto the beach. Not sure who is in charge of that but might be worth a conversation ...
Finally a huge thanks to Hannah Beaton for taking a few excellent group photos with the Rail Bridge in the background.
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