THE recent heatwave has seen crowds flocking to their nearest beach, meaning the amount of waste and litter reported has increased along the coast.
But while public beaches like Troon, Ayr and Saltcoats are managed by councils who control the clearing of rubbish and plastic pollution, no one is officially in charge of clearing Ayrshire’s wild beaches.
Because of this, the wild beaches on the south coast of Scotland have been hit particularly hard by plastic pollution and litter.
940 bags of litter and plastic have been collected along the coast this year already.
From Dipple Beach to Dunure Beach, over 125 tonnes of rubbish and plastic pollution has been collected over the last ten years, accumulating over 7.5 thousand bags of waste.
The Ayrshire Coastal Path contains over 19km of wild beaches, and its chairman and founder, Dr. Jimmy Beggs, believes it’s now down to the public to help save them from pollution. He said: “When we set up the Ayrshire Coastal Path, we were walking along beautiful beaches, knee deep in plastic bottles and rubbish.
“We couldn’t have invited anyone to come walk the path in the state it was in, so we took it upon ourselves to look after the beaches and clear the waste.”
Along with a number of Ayrshire rotary clubs and volunteers, Dr. Beggs now maintains and clears the beaches along the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
He will be installing bins at each end of the wild beaches, to encourage visitors to recycle and avoid leaving rubbish on the shores.
To help save Ayrshire’s wild beaches, visit ayrshirecoastalpath.org.
A number of other local groups also work together to help clean up beaches on the Clyde coast, including at Irvine, Troon, Stevenston, Ardrossan, Largs, Croy, Inverkip and Barrassie.