Annual Beach Clean Saturday 1st April 2017

Organised by Ayrshire Rotary Clubs It’s “No Joke!” – the amount of winter-storm litter on our beaches again this year, which is why – on Saturday, April 1st – the Rotary Clubs of Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon are once again holding their very popular Annual Spring Clean – in conjunction with South Ayrshire Council, who uplift all the litter we collect. This year we are helping with the Marine Conservation Society’s “Wild Bottle Sighting” nationwide survey. So instead of an April First “Hunt the Gowk” we will be doing “Hunt the Plastic Bottle” – over the nineteen miles of beaches to be cleaned between Girvan and Troon! Plastic bottles are the scourge of our beaches and probably make up about 60-70% of all our beach clean rubbish. Some governments abroad now have a return bottle charge on all plastic bottles – with great success – and pressure is mounting for our own UK and Scottish governments to do likewise. The Marine Conservation Society are delighted to have input from such a massive Beach Clean, and have asked our helpers to tot up a bottle count for each beach, and send in as many photos of bottles on the beach as possible – piles of them! This is our personal chance to do something about it – and we would invite as many people as possible to join us in this massive environmental clean-up. Since the Beach Cleans started, our combined efforts have made a huge difference, with a massive reduction of 40% in the litter found on Ayrshire beaches over the past ten years. On our regular...