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Locals Join Upstream Battle on the River Tay

LISTEN: Heather McLaughlin and Ross Dempster explain what they’re doing to clean up the River Tay

Groups across the River Tay are joining the fight to keep litter out of the ocean by cleaning up the river throughout Highland Perthshire.

Keep Scotland Beautiful, who are behind the campaign, are encouraging local groups in Highland Perthshire to join in the clean-up.

Beyond Adventure, an outdoor experience company, in Aberfeldy answered the call and now they’re picking up litter from the river side and in canoes.

Ross Dempster, managing director of Beyond Adventure, said: “We organise litter picks quite a lot. We’ve found all sorts – beer cans, crisp packets, plastic bags and traffic cones. We are delighted to be part of the Upstream Battle campaign to raise awareness of litter and help to clean up our local waterway.” 

As many as 90% of people would like to see more like more action to be taken to prevent litter from getting out to sea, according to research done in the Tayside area.

And as much as 80% of litter in the ocean sources from land and goes out to sea.

Heather McLaughlin, Campaigns Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “We’d like to thank the new Anchor Groups for joining our battle against marine litter along the River Tay. Their support and work will allow us to develop a unique picture of the potential for litter to enter the River Tay, the North Sea and beyond.

“Our recent data shows we are heading towards a looming litter emergency, so the information our Anchor Groups provide will ultimately allow us to better understand littering trends and behaviour, and how to tackle them.”

Now, Keep Scotland Beautiful is encouraging others to join them in the battle against litter.

Anyone looking to get involved can find out more on: https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/upstream-battle/

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