Keep them clean now

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dozens of people in Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn rallied round to help clean their local beaches at the weekend.

And between them they collected almost 40 bags of rubbish, six at Kinghorn harbour beach and more than 30 around the Seafield beach and picnic area.

The clean ups were part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch campaign which aim to tidy up beaches and record the rubbish in an attempt to trace those responsible.

Carol Rhodes from Kinghorn Harbour Residents and Environmental Group was helped by around 12 adults and four children who collected and recorded the rubbish along a 100 metre stretch of beach.

The group recorded 716 items, with the top five being cigarette stubs, small polystyrene pieces, small plastic pieces, cotton buds and sweet/crisp wrappers.

Carol said: “Beach litter isn’t just unsightly, it can also be very dangerous to both humans and wildlife.

“Beach managers need to ensure adequate bins are provided and emptied regularly but most importantly individuals must take responsibility for their own actions, and remember never to leave litter on the beach or drop litter anywhere. The next beach clean at Kinghorn will be in the spring.

Sally Walsh from Seafield Environmental Group thanked everyone who came to its beach clean.

“We collected 31 bags of plastic, baby wipes and flotsam along with old tires, a child’s bike and corrugated iron sheets.”