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Beach cleaners celebrate with eight-ton load

By David G Scott

THE Caithness Beach Cleaners (CBC) group is celebrating after a successful year in which it picked up more than eight tons of plastic and other rubbish from the county's coastline.

Dorcas Sinclair, who heads up CBC, confirmed the massive load which has been removed from various beaches since the group was inaugurated in March 2019.

"We have picked up over eight tons now and are running at nearly a ton a month," Dorcas said.

Just some of the plastic items removed from Dunnet beach by the group recently.
Just some of the plastic items removed from Dunnet beach by the group recently.

"That last high tide was huge and landed loads on Dunnet. As ever, it was mainly fishing gear, both lost gear and dumped. We are going out almost daily – there is just an odd day here and there that is missed out."

Dorcas explained that the high tide had moved sand from the dunes and helped expose more rubbish.

Pickers from the group strangely found medical injection equipment on different days recently.

An intravenous (IV) drip bag was found one day, followed by an IV line and syringe and then an injection needle in a case – all within a few days of each other after the high tide.

"The big hauls after the tide were Freswick with 101 lb, Dunnet with 114 lb, Murkle with 90 lb and Huna with 96 lb – those were just the big hauls in the last week or two. There were lots of other finds from 40 lbs to 60 lb."

Dorcas said that group members are now recycling some of plastic rope to make doormats and hope to sell them to buy litter-picking devices.

Two in a tangle at Dunnet beach

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