With local families and visiting tourists enjoying the Easter holidays and a forecast of fine weather ahead, Clean Coast Outer Hebrides are asking everybody to pitch in to help remove a ton or more of plastic from our beautiful beaches.

Teaming up with Surfers Against Sewage during their official Big Spring Beach Clean running April 7 to 15, the local campaign is encouraging all islanders and visitors to head out to the coast for a personal #MiniBeachClean.

On Saturday 7 April in Castlebay, a Beairteas Bharraigh community clean up filled a whole skip and they are hosting a Great Technicolour Nurdle Hunt (www.nurdlehunt.org.uk) on Saturday 14 April, while North Harris Trust are asking locals to help out with a beach clean at Outend Scalpay, also on 14 April.

Tips and advice on getting started can be found at https://www.sas.org.uk/our-work/beach-cleans/mini-beach-cleans/

By weighing rubbish collected on the beach with their bathroom or luggage scales and sending the weight to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posting it to the Clean Coast Outer Hebrides Group on Facebook, participants will contribute to the running grand total.

Every piece of rubbish and plastic collected will help reduce this massive pollution problem threatening our islands, and by working together the organisers say that we can make a huge difference.

Recent Beach Cleans across the Outer Hebrides have included a massive effort at Sandwick Bay, Stornoway, on 31 March, when over 220kg of plastic was removed from the environment by more than 50 volunteers including pupils from Stornoway Primary.

Also helping clean up the bay was local MSP Dr Alasdair Allan who pointed out the huge number of plastic cotton buds being found and the recent introduction of legislation in the Scottish Parliament which seeks to ban them from sale.

Anyone who knows of a beach which needs a clean should contact Clean Coast Outer Hebrides by e-mail or through Facebook.

Clean Coast Outer Hebrides is a new organisation, which is in the process of becoming a registered charity.  It wants to

  • Organise and promote beach and other area clean-up activities in the Outer Hebrides.
  • Inform the residents of, and visitors to, the Outer Hebrides on how their waste impacts the surrounding coastline and waterways.
  • Educate on how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

Contact Clean Coast Outer Hebrides by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at www.facebook.com/CleanCoastOH

For information on the Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean, see www.sas.org.uk/our-work/beach-cleans/big-spring-beach-clean/www.sas.org.uk/our-work/beach-cleans/big-spring-beach-clean/