Green spring clean!

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Local folk have been earning their eco credentials recently with a number of beach cleans and litter picks around our towns.

As part of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual ‘Beachwatch’ programme a total of 14 beaches were surveyed in Tayside.

For the first time the MCS have rated the beaches by the weight of litter collected, which unfortunately for Monifieth has seen it rocket up the charts due to a number of large tyres recovered.

However, in the survey Monifieth was rated second cleanest beach after St Cyrus with only 0.3 items of litter per square metre.

Other beaches in the area surveyed included both Broughty Ferry beaches, with the Broughty Award beach ranked third, with 280 items weighing 25 kilos recovered at a rate of 0.56 per square metre.

Close by, the Broughty East beach came in at number 11, with 856 items recovered at 2.85 per square metre.

In Carnoustie 260 items weighing 50 kilos were recovered at a rate of 1.04 per square metre placing the town’s beach in fifth.

Easthaven was surveyed for the first time and 377 items of litter were collected weighing around 250 kilos and it placed at a respectable fourth with only 0.63 pieces of litter per square metre.

A spokesperson for MCS said: “At Broughty Ferry East beach we are especially concerned about sewage derived litter, mainly sanitary products, which are carelessly flushed down toilets etc. We are in discussion with SEPA, the regulators, and Veolia which operates the main sewage system from Invergowrie up to Montrose. Being armed with the MCS statistics gives us credibility when presenting our concerns to the authorities and makes it more likely that remedial action is taken.

“The 75 volunteers who took part are to be warmly congratulated for their efforts! Next year’s Beachwatch details are available on mcsuk.org.uk”

“So it’s ‘keep up the good work’ for some and a ‘wake up’ call for those beaches doing badly.”

Meanwhile slightly more inland the Carnoustie Canine Capers group members were doing their bit with a litter pick at Pitskelly Park.

Three of the group’s Green Dog Walkers joined Angus Council officers and primary four pupils from Burnside Primary School recently to clean up litter and dog fouling in the Millennium Forest.

Around 30 black bags of refuse were collected. Scott Smith of Carnoustie Canine capers said: “This is totally unacceptable.”

During the event the pupils also came up with a new eco slogan of ‘Don’t be slow, pick up and go!’.