Barcaldine beach clean picks up tonnes of waste

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Scottish Sea Farms’ colleagues at its Barcaldine freshwater hatchery teamed up with other workers from neighbouring businesses to clean up nearby Teithil Beach as part of the Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean 2019.

Joined by staff at Gael Force Fusion, which manufacture salmon pens, and some of the Robertson Construction team, they removed almost three tonnes of man-made waste and litter at the clean-up last month. Members of the public were also invited to take part.

Old rope, chains and scrap metal, paper, empty packets, plastic and glass bottles and clothing were among the haul. The most unusual item was an old metal mattress frame.

Every item collected was recorded as part of the Great British Beach Clean 2019 survey. The data  will be held in a national database to help inform reports on the condition of UK beaches.

Ewen Leslie, who is a freshwater engineer with Scottish Sea Farms and organiser of the Barcaldine team beach clean, said: ‘This was our first beach clean as a team and our first as part of the Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean, and I think we’ve all well and truly caught the bug.

‘It was really quite something to see the difference that can be made in just a few hours by a small determined group like ours. That said, we’re already thinking ahead to next year’s event and how to encourage even more people out to join us.’