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Community / Folk reminded not to leave bruck behind as lockdown restrictions ease

PEOPLE are being reminded to take their litter home when out and about following reports of bruck being left behind at the weekend after lockdown restrictions eased slightly.

Bruck at Spiggie at the weekend. Photo: Shetland Amenity Trust

Among the items spotted were disposable plastic gloves, used tissues and face masks on roadsides and pavements.

Shetland Amenity Trust, which runs Da Voar Redd Up and the Dunna Chuck Bruck campaign, urged people to take their rubbish home with them if they are in the outdoors.

The organisation said this helps to avoid “exposing those who pick up the litter to additional risk from the virus”.

On Friday restrictions on meeting outdoors and travelling for exercise and recreation were eased slightly, which coincided with a weekend of fine weather.

Shetland Amenity Trust’s head of engagement Sandy Middleton said: “The vast majority of people in Shetland do take their litter home with them and we have seen nothing like the scenes on the mainland where country parks and beaches have been strewn with litter, bottles, disposable cups and more.

“There have been a number of reports over the weekend, however, of increased littering which is very sad. People in Shetland really value their beautiful environment and a growing number of people are picking up litter when out for their daily walks and they continue to clean up their local beaches.

“It is great to see people taking such pride in their surroundings but unfortunately every bit of litter they collect may carry an invisible risk – no matter what it is.”

The latest guidance on going out can be found online. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/