Volunteers’ litter haul keeps Tyndrum tidy

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Volunteers in the Tyndrum area have collected just over one tonne of litter as part of a keep it clean campaign.

The litter picking initiative saw nearly 100 volunteers  aged nine to 83 tackling rubbish in and around Tyndrum – their haul consisted of mainly drinks cans and plastic bottles as well as wet wipes and nappies.

It was the Real Food Café who co-ordinated the clean-ups in support of the  #RespectProtectEnjoy campaign from VisitScotland, taking place on the last Sunday of every month.

Real Food Cafe staff have also been helping with the monthly litter picks

Café Manager Colin McGeoch took on the responsibility of providing safe guidance around the litter picking areas, as well as providing volunteers with the equipment required. In return for taking part, volunteers were rewarded with free  fish and chips for their efforts.

Volunteers came from Glasgow to Dunblane to join in.

Colin said: ‘These past six months have really been an eye-opener to how committed our community and visitors are to fight the litter issue. We are lucky to live and work in such a stunning part of the world but it’s so important that we maintain the area and do our bit to avoid it becoming a dumping ground.

Like most people that visit, we have respect for this tiny corner of Scotland and all its beauty, but from the figures, we know there’s still some way to go. We are overwhelmed by the support and look forward to running the campaign in 2022.’

Co-owner of the Real Food Café and Regional Food Tourism Ambassador for Forth Valley and Stirling, Sarah Heward, also helped support the project.

Sarah created The Tyndrum Infrastructure Group in 2020 to draw attention to social issues and lack of services affecting rural areas.

‘We are so pleased to share how much of a difference this group has made to the local area and to be part of a project making a difference in Scotland. The problem of littering is still a huge issue in the wider community across rural areas. The infrastructure group prioritises social issues and the lack of availability of services to communities.

‘We will continue our fight against littering and promote recycling as well as working with authorities to secure the necessary facilities to dispose of waste efficiently,’ she said.

In October, The Tyndrum Infrastructure Group secured a £10,000 grant from Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER Community Development Trust to carry out a feasibility study to make the recycling and waste disposal project a reality.