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Rangers And CASEG
Litter affects us all and comes in all forms from dog waste to car wrecks. Driving through the country road it is difficult to miss evidence of fly tipping (old cookers, washing machines, fridge's etc). Old bottles scattered along the ditches, carrier bags caught on hedges flapping in the wind, old chip wrappers/polystyrene lying the list goes on and on and on.
The litter is undoubtedly unsightly and gives visitors to the area a negative impression about the county. More importantly the litter is dangerous. Dangerous to ourselves, to farm animals, to pets and to wildlife in general. A child cutting themselves on a broken bottle, a cow choking on a plastic carrier bag, a shrew drowning in old bottles - all common occurrences.
Litter problems around country roads were highlighted further with recent articles in the Groat. The severity of the litter problem was discussed by the Caithness and Sutherland Environmental Group (CASEG) and the general feeling was something has to be done. For this reason, the group, with assistance from the National Farmers Union and the Highland Council Ranger Service promoted a local litter campaign which invited local primary schools to get involved. There were 2 competitions; one of the entire school to get involved and one for individuals.
Dunbeath primary and Bower primary school tied for 1st place and were awarded a prize of £60 each. Thrumster Primary and Reay school tied for second place and won a prize of £30. All schools participated in various recycling projects such as collection on Al cans, plastic rings, composting, and took part in many activities which reduced litter and waste around the school.
Some of the projects carried out by the winning schools:
Future: organise 'hand-me-down' service for school jumpers which pupils have grown out of.
Individual poster competition received a total of 181 entries, making judging very difficult. The judges were very impressed by the quality and thought of the posters.
Under 8's -
Under 12's -
Pultneytown Academy both tied for 3rd place and won £7.50 book tokens
Prizes will be presented at the County Show at the National Farmers Union tent where the winning posters will be on display.