We love Scotland’s unique marine areas and rugged coastlines and so do our customers. These areas are not only of global importance for a vast range of species and natural habitats; they also provide a wealth of benefits to Scotland’s coastal communities. Unfortunately, the constant pressure and demands from modern society are leading to a decline in the health of Scotland’s seas. With an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ending up in our oceans each year, plastic is now turning up in every corner of our planet, including previously pristine Scottish beaches and harbours.
In 2019 Wilderness Scotland pledge to use any additional funds generated from our Customer Conservation Contribution Scheme to purchase and install a Seabin in an area of Scotland frequently visited by our clients. A Seabin is a relatively new technology. It is a floating rubbish bin that filters and removes waste, including floating debris, macro and micro plastics and micro fibres, from the water in busy areas such as marinas and harbours.
Alongside our continued support of the John Muir Trust, we plan to purchase and install one Seabin in 2019, engaging the local community and devising a management strategy for its daily emptying and maintenance.
Together with our customers, we will be investing in the future of Scotland’s oceans and helping to ensure that future generations can also experience these incredible coastal habitats.