Dive UHI and LEG beach clean

Dive UHI and LEG collected 24 bags of litter from the shoreline around the Great Glen Way path. Abrightside Photography. f13 litter pick 1no Jp

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Twenty-four members of the UHI Diving Club (Dive UHI) and Lochaber Environmental Group (LEG) removed more than 160kgs of litter from the the shoreline along the Great Glen Way on Friday morning, March 24.

A total of 24 bags of litter were removed from the shoreline, weighing a total of 168kgs.

Dive UHI member Kara Scott and LEG’s Rebecca Thoms organised the litter pick as a fundraiser for the diving club and to help the environment.

Miss Scott said: ‘We found an old rusty bike, a tumble dryer drum, a radiator, an exhaust pipe and a starter motor for a car.’

She added they had also found filled dog waste bags, sanitary products, fireworks, clothes and broken glass, all of which damage the environment.

Miss Thoms said: ‘People think they are doing the right thing but they don’t realise dog waste bags won’t biodegrade for years and years.’

The dive club has started training with Seasearch so that members look out for litter when diving and can keep an eye on key species.

Miss Scott said: ‘We want to raise awareness for the environment. We want to make a difference and spread the word.’

C Webster and Son, an Airdire-based lighting wholesaler, sponsored Dive UHI £100 for the beach clean and a further £60 was raised by members.

Nevis Landscape Partnership provided litter picking equipment including litter picks, gloves and tabards.

Miss Scott thanked sponsors Nevis Landscape Partnership and LEG.