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A Clachan woman furloughed from her work has put her spare time to good use by clearing litter from the grass verges near her home – and she is encouraging others in her position to do the same in their own towns and villages.
Rather than ‘sitting at home being annoyed’ by the amount of discarded rubbish at the side of the A83, which she thinks has ‘increased significantly’ in recent months, childcare practitioner Lori Silvan decided to tackle the issue head-on by collecting as much as possible during her daily walks.
Armed with bin bags and protective gloves, she started her clean-up mission last Wednesday, January 27, and after two hours, and only 200 yards covered, she had six bin bags full of rubbish.
Determined to overcome the rubbish issue in a bid to ‘keep Argyll beautiful’, Lori intends to continue litter-picking until she is able to return to work.
She has also set up a Facebook group called ‘WAKE UP, CLEAN UP ARGYLL’ to encourage others to do the same.
She said: ‘I really want to raise awareness of this issue, and urge other people, on their daily walk, to do the same. It is not just Clachan that is affected – I have noticed the rubbish from here to Inveraray increasing at the roadsides.
‘Argyll is a truly beautiful place and we are really lucky to live here but if we let this littering continue, it will start to look uncared for.
‘If you know of anyone who throws rubbish out of their car, please explain why it is not a good idea. Also, help to educate our children, as they are our future.’
An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson told the Courier: ‘We are very grateful to residents who take pride in their local communities and want to help keep them litter free.
‘Under the Environmental Protection Act, local authorities are responsible for litter collection at the side of the road and we work with BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland to try and minimise litter.
‘That people would leave litter anywhere is shameful, but to discard it at our beautiful roadsides is a disgrace. Roadside litter is a particular challenge because of how difficult, dangerous and costly it is to remove.
‘Half of the litter on Scotland’s roads comes from people eating and drinking in their vehicles, so do the right thing – take it home with you.
‘Members of the public can report concerns on our website at: Looking after your streets (argyll-bute.gov.uk) or by calling 01546 605514.’
Lori, who can be contacted by calling 01880 740660, added: ‘Thank you to the very supportive council bin men who picked up the six bags collected from day one and took their time to speak to me.
‘If anyone wants to support me by donating a litter picker, bin bags or gloves, that would be most useful.
‘Wake up Argyll folk and get picking! Let’s work together and get something productive from our daily walks.’