When nature calls in the outdoors… Bag It, Bin It!

Bag It, Bin It!

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Highland Council are urging folk who are caught short outdoors to clean up after themselves in a bid to keep our countryside clean and pleasant for all.

The Bag It, Bin It campaign aims to clamp down on human waste in the countryside and raise awareness of issues relating to public health.

Chairman of the Council’s Communities and Place Committee, Councillor Allan Henderson said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our beautiful countryside, but we need to minimise the negative impact on the natural environment and on the people living in these communities, so every effort must be taken to Bag It, Bin It!’

The campaign also provides useful advice to help visitors be prepared before they start their trip as well as outlining steps the council have taken to help people enjoy the Highlands in a responsible and sustainable way.

These include new seasonal access rangers and waste services staff who will carry out patrols. Increased litter bin collections are now in place; road signage and parking facilities have been improved, and additional public toilets and comfort schemes, where other providers make their facilities available to visitors, are being introduced.

Advice is also being given out to visitors who may not always be near to a public toilet facility.

To them the message is: ‘Human waste is extremely harmful to people, spreads disease in wildlife and can pollute water sources.

People in rural communities in the Highlands often rely on natural (private) water supplies, which can be contaminated by waste.

‘You might think you are alone when you are ‘caught short’ in the outdoors, but you are simply one of hundreds or thousands who have been there before you that week.

‘The previous advice was to bury human waste in remote areas, but due to the high number of visitors in some places, it’s not safe for yourself, others or the environment – so where, possible bag it and bin it instead.’

Information and advice will be issued to visitors over the summer months on how to be responsible campers.