Volunteers collect 70 bags of rubbish in Aberdeen beach clean after weather wreaks havoc

Pictured from left, Ilze Briede, Jenny Smith, Dan Hall and his son Rufus, 3, front, Stephane, 10 and Charlie Bost, 11.

Tyres, fencing and a golf flag are just some of the items volunteers collected during an emergency beach clean in Aberdeen.

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) organised a clean-up operation at Torry Battery and harbour.

According to SAS, the area was left in a particularly bad state after being hit by the recent weather caused by the Beast from the East.

More than 50 volunteers gathered at the beach on Sunday for the event, which was supported by the East Grampian Coastal Partnership.

Around 70 bags of rubbish were collected.

Jenny Smith, North-east regional representative for SAS, said she was delighted with the turnout.

She said: “We had between 50 and 60 people turn up.

“I came down to the area on Wednesday walking my dog and saw the mess it was in and said we needed to organise an emergency clean-up.

“We had people who had taken part in our beach cleans before and a number of families take part.

“People who were walking by also stopped and joined in and we had a lot of people come up and thank us for what we were doing.

“Regarding the rubbish, it was a 50/50 split of recyclables and non-recyclables being collected.

“We had 70 large bags of rubbish that have been taken away.

“There were also four tyres, fencing and metal components for holding up the fencing and a golf flag from the nearby golf course.

“A lot of people were commenting regarding the large amount of disposable cups that have washed up on the beach as well.”

Jenny added that she was looking to partner up with schools and the local community in the near future to look at ways of reducing the amount of plastic ending up on the beach.

Another clean-up at the north side of the beach is being organised for next month.

Jenny added: “We had around 300 people turn up to the last beach clean at Aberdeen beach at the Bridge of Don end. The next one is scheduled for April 7 between 2pm-4pm and we are hoping for a big turn out.”