Staycation litter campaign continues through winter

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Summer may be over but Argyll and Bute’s staycation campaign to reduce litter is just getting started.

Over the past six months, The GRAB Trust, in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council and Keep Scotland Beautiful, has been working with local businesses and communities to Keep Argyll Beautiful.

The campaign saw more than 115,000 take-away packaging stickers go out to 89 local food businesses across Argyll and Bute, encouraging consumers to ‘give their litter a lift’ and dispose of their waste responsibly.

Alongside the stickers, 870 posters and 313 bin stickers were distributed across communities.

Feedback was positive, with people liking the bright eye-catching colours and ‘friendly’ imagery used and customers said it was ‘a very good idea’.

Taking the campaign one step further, The GRAB Trust is producing fact-based leaflets, that will be sent to all food businesses across Argyll, encouraging them, through guidance and advice, to reduce their single-use packaging.

Stickers displaying the 'give your litter a lift' message have been added to some take-away food packaging.
Stickers displaying the ‘give your litter a lift’ message have been added to some take-away food packaging.

The staycation project hasn’t all been food business focussed – The GRAB Trust has supported more than 45 community litter picks this year, with information and advice, the loan of free equipment provided at liveArgyll locations across the area, and the roll-out of the community litter pick grant.

The grant scheme is still open for picks before the end of November, and available to any formally constituted non-profit group.

With Covid restrictions easing, The GRAB Trust’s educational marine officers have returned to providing educational workshops for schools.

Although these are all currently outdoor to minimise any risk, they are available for schools all-year round and include litter surveys, games and marine pollution focussed activities.

Moving into 2022, and maintaining the efforts to counter the increase in litter created by expected holidaymakers, The GRAB Trust will continue the effective campaign message including litter bin signage and retail point-of-sale.

To reinforce the campaign message and encourage visitors to get involved, The GRAB Trust plans to host 15 two-minute community litter picking stations across Argyll and Bute.

With the support of local business and volunteers who will adopt their local station, ongoing resources will be provided to ensure high tourist beauty spots stay beautiful.

Anyone who would like to host a litter picking station, be included in The GRAB Trust’s mailing list or who would like any more information on the projects mentioned, can email info@grab.org.uk or visit www.grab.org.uk