Kil­fi­nan aims for a lit­ter-free coast and sea

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Kil­fi­nan lo­cals are crack­ing down on ‘un­flush­ables’ – items not sup­posed to be flushed down the toi­let due to their in­abil­ity to break down in the sys­tem and there­fore clog the sewage sys­tem or end up in the sea.

Lo­cal res­i­dent and mem­ber of Kil­fi­nan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil Michaela Blair said: ‘We keep find­ing un­flusha- bles on our beaches when we are out beach clean­ing our coast­line. It is dis­gust­ing.

‘Vis­i­tors love to visit Cowal and en­joy our beaches. We ini­tially set out to clean up over 47 kms of re­mote coast­line in our area and ap­plied for fund­ing for beach clean kits for adults and kids through Ar­gyll and Bute’s Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive. So far more than 150 bags of lit­ter have been re­moved and tons of plas­tics col­lected and up­lifted by vol­un­teers.’

The vol­un­teers, how­ever, reg­u­larly find wet wipes, cot­ton buds and other de­bris which have been flushed down the loo.

Peter McBride, who has spear­heads the beach clean cam­paign in his re­tire­ment, heads out weekly to re­mote beaches helped by friends and vol­un­teers.

Peter said: ‘We are de­lighted that the com­mu­nity has em­braced the beach clean ini­tia­tive. How­ever, we are wor­ried about peo­ple putting un­flush­ables down the toi­let. These in­vari­ably wash up on our shores se­ri­ously af­fect­ing the health of our seas.’

Thanks to fund­ing from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil the sticker for the loo aims to ed­u­cate and in­form lo­cals, vis­i­tors and hol­i­day mak­ers on what not to put down the loo. Kil­fi­nan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil plans to dis­trib­ute stick­ers in­di­cat­ing items that are ‘un­flush­able’ in coast­line homes, re­mote prop­er­ties, pubs and ho­tels through­out the par­ish of Kil­fi­nan, which in­cludes Mill­house, Tighnabru­aich, Kames and Ot­ter Ferry.

The Kyles of Bute can be eas­ily tar­nished with pol­lu­tion.

The Kil­fi­nan Com­mu­nity Coun­cil beach clean stick­ers.

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