RAF to the rescue as litter warriors clear Moray riverbank

Four intrepid litter warriors and a truck load of rubbish.
Four intrepid litter warriors and a truck load of rubbish.

AN RAF LITTER crew have been helping keep a popular Moray riverbank clear of litter and debris – much of it dumped by fly-tippers.

Anti-litter campaigners Pete Miners and Adrian Hutchins have been campaigning for years in a bid to urge landowners and the Moray Council to take more action against the growing litter problem on Moray’s river banks.

The pair have been highlighting the issue by touring several hot-spots and identifying carelessly dumped rubbish, often collecting them into piles – but unable to move them to rubbish tips without help.

Help was at hand on Friday, however, in the form of airmen from RAF Lossiemouth who provided helping hands and, crucially, a suitable vehicle in what is hoped to be the first organised uplift from the banks of the River Lossie.

Adrian told insideMoray: “We cleared a truck load of plastic, car tyres, foam, glass and other items from the river bank and woods.

“It was especially helpful having the assistance of two RAF men who had the energy and strength of four of our litter pickers! It was great having the use of a truck to remove the rubbish once collected.

“We made a small dent in the litter that is sitting on this bank – but if we had a few extra people we could clear it fairly quickly. Weather permitting it would be good to have another litter pick of this area in November, maybe a weekday this time.”

Pete Miners meanwhile said that he had identified severe littering of marine trash on Lossiemouth’s East Beach between the town and Spey Bay. He now hopes to plan a weekday collection if help can be forthcoming.

Can you offer help and assistance to keep Moray clear of litter and debris? If so please contact editor@insidemoray.scot and we will put you in touch with Pete and Adrian.