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As discarded banana peels and the impact of other litter on Ben Nevis make headline news, local residents are also working hard at the foot of the UK’s highest mountain to keep Claggan clean and tidy for those who live and work there.
Real3Peaks Challenge, which sees teams of volunteers climbing to the summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to clear litter, recently picked up 8kg of litter from Ben Nevis.
However, founder Rich Pyne also commented that over the past six years he has seen a noticeable decrease in the amount of litter left.
He told us: ‘I would put this down to the likes of local professionals, trusts and conscientious walkers picking up as they go, also organised litter picks regularly taking place.’
The same ethos is making a difference in the residential areas around the Ben, as Claggan Residents Association organised a group litter pick on Monday this week.
Litter is becoming such a problem everywhere that more individuals and community groups are taking responsibility for its removal.
Ricky Salter, a bus driver from Claggan, is one such volunteer who frequently heads out onto the streets of Claggan to collect litter, from the daffodil park to the car park at the back.
He is not alone as there are many local residents who do what they can to tackle what can be an overwhelming problem.
Leona Jones, who is a member of the Claggan Residents Association, said: ‘The rain started just as we did on Monday but it didn’t dampen our spirits. Keeping the area free of litter is something we’re increasingly having to take on, because if we want to keep the area clean and tidy, we’ll all have to do our bit.
‘It doesn’t need to be much to make a difference, we know everyone has busy lives. We have one resident who looks after the flowers. There are just four or five of us on the Residents Association, so we are grateful for any little bit of help that anyone is able to give.
‘The Friends of Nevis do a great job with their annual litter pick so we organised the litter pick to take place on this side before the kids go back to school as we wanted it to be a community event where local children and families could get involved.’
The group of adults and children collected four large bags of rubbish between them. One resident commented that you could see immediately how much cleaner the streets were looking.
The Nevis Landscape Partnership loaned the residents litter pickers and gloves, and they are available all week for anyone not able to join the group on Monday.