Beaches around the north-east coastline are a “hot spot” for plastic pollution, according to an environmental charity.
The warning comes after a national survey organised by charity Fidra saw volunteers count the number of nurdles – lentil-sized pellets used to make plastic products – on 85 beaches around the British coast.
Collieston Beach had the highest amount in Aberdeenshire, with 30 nurdles found in the span of 45 minutes.
The microplastics which are often washed out to sea can be harmful to marine life which can mistake them for food.
Councillor Anouk Kahanov-Kloppert, who represents the Ellon and District ward, said: “This is definitely sad news to hear about our area.
“I am grateful to the volunteers who took their time to go out and raise awareness about this issue.
“I personally believe this is a consumer issue and a sign that we must cut down on our use of plastic and single-use plastic.”
Alistair Neilson, project officer for Fidra’s nurdle hunt project, said: “Collieston had 30 nurdles found in a span of 45 minutes.
“In the past, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has been a hot spot for nurdles.
Previously, it had been found that in Newburgh there were up to a 1,000 nurdles found and Aberdeen Beach, up by the River Don’s side, there were between 50 to 100 nurdles found in 45 minutes.
“In Cruden Bay, there were another 1,000 found a few months back.”
In February volunteers on Newburgh Beach found 100 to 1,000 nurdles in the span of 120 minutes.
Other beaches blighted by microplastic were Balmedie Beach, where 20 nurdles were found within 10 minutes during a count in March. Gamrie Bay at Gardenstown has also been affected by the issue.
Alistair added: “This is a significant problem across the UK. The solution has to come across the supply chain of manufacturers, but the data that our nurdle hunters collect can be helpful in order for us to raise awareness around this issue.”