12 Nov The Great Nurdle Hunt (video)
At the start of Charlestown, Limekilns & Pattiesmuir Community Council Plastic Awareness Week this week, local SNP Member of Parliament for Dunfermline and West Fife, Douglas Chapman, along with Falkirk MP John McNally have joined forces to highlight the problem with plastic waste, especially nurdles on the beaches around Scotland. They have in the last week launched a video campaign to highlight this growing issue and to try to make the Firth of Forth a nurdle free zone.
North Queensferry Beach between the Forth Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing has been highlighted in a recent survey as the worst beach for nurdle pollution in Scotland with over 450,000 of the small plastic pellets being washed up there in recent years.
Douglas said “Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. Billions are used each year in the manufacturing sector to make nearly all of our plastic products, but many end up washing up on our beaches. Spills of this raw material can mean nurdles end up at sea and the seas and oceans around Scotland are now accumulating nurdles in worryingly large numbers. As David Attenborough highlighted in his TV series The Blue Planet, these polluting nurdles can detrimentally affect fish, sea birds and other sea life. It’s our aim to make the Firth of Forth a nurdle free zone as a small but important ambition of saving our seas.”
Falkirk MP John McNally said “Unfortunately there is currently no quick way of getting nurdles out of our seas and oceans, but we can ensure we are not adding to the problem. We are asking people not to use as much single use plastics and when you do, to try and think of other uses for that plastic. Another way you can help is to organise a nurdle hunt, where you go out to your local beach with a jar and collect these pellets and dispose of them in a plastic recycling bin.”
You can check out Douglas and John’s video on their social media accounts and to find out more and join the campaign, sign up to the Great Nurdle Hunt at www.nurdlehunt.org.uk