Fast food and people eating on the move mean that there is a lot more litter, especially on road verges and walkways. Our dog populations seems to be increasing and there is a noticeable increase of more dog waste on paths and open spaces. Even worse, there seems to be some people who think it is OK to leave full poo bags to rot in the open. This is polluting our environment twice !
What can we do ?
CDDCC has starting putting up posters regarding dog fouling. If any member of the public sees some-one wilfully not cleaning up after their dog and disposing of the plastic bag, the can report them to Environmental Health on 03456 08 12 07 or contact Aberdeenshire Council online at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/report/dog-fouling-report-form/
Keep Scotland Beautiful & Keep Britain Tidy have 2020 Spring Clean initiatives. Details can be found below.
CDDCC is following the initiatives of several local groups including Greener K&M.
These groups are focussing on reducing greenhouse gases with a tree planting campaign and encouraging greener travel.
Waste and recycling
Aberdeenshire Council has launched a new strategy regarding all forms of waste for the region. This is driven by legislation which will reduce and eventually phase out landfill, meaning that we need to recycle more. The move to reducing black bin collections was driven by the fact that householders were putting significant amounts of recyclable material and food waste into these bins.
We all need to be more aware of what goes into each bin and what needs to be taken to a recycling centre. Details can be found here;
Biodiversity and landscape
Aberdeenshire Council has been introducing areas of wild flower to encourage increased diversity of wildlife. In some cases these are allowed to get untidy and will not be trimmed during the nesting / breeding season. Communities are encouraged to get involved and if help is needed to contact Landscape Services
River Dee Trust / Initiative to control non native invasive species
CDDCC has been working with a River Dee Trust initiative to control non native invasive species such as skunk cabbage in the Durris Stream and ask the public to report to them any occurrance of any similar plants e.g. giant hogweed, himalyan balsan etc. Please direct your queries to Jamie Urquhart (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jennifer Booth (Jennifer.email@example.com).
Crathes-in Flower The CIF group's displays on the roadside in Crathes are now in full bloom (July - Oct) and are a spectucular sight and are heaving with insects. The beds benefitted from seeds from last years flower being left in situ. The group also acquired a motorised water system which saved the plants in the dry spring. The group can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.