This weekend saw the first ever Big Spring Clean organised by the Ski Club of Great Britain take place in two of the Scottish ski areas where over 100 skiers and mountain enthusiasts came and picked up more than 70 bags of litter following the end of the winter season.
At Cairngorm Mountain around 40 people took part in the event picking up over 40 bags of litter. There were similar numbers in Nevis Range with around 60 people picking up 35 bags of rubbish. The litter picked up ranged from plastic bottles and drinks cans to gloves and scarves dropped during the ski season plus some more obscure items including a pair of 1970’s skis, a traffic cone and a clock. Hundreds of cigarette butts were also collected from under chairlifts and from busy tourist areas in the resorts.
Despite significant amounts of litter being cleared, there was a positive feel in both resorts with many of those taking part feeling that the mountains were already a lot cleaner than they had expected. Sally Thorne from Inverness who participated in the litter pick in Nevis Range was surprised: “Although we have picked two bags of dropped litter we are actually impressed by how little rubbish there was, even under the ski lifts. Perhaps British skiers are some of the cleanest in the world.”
Lizzie Crookenden from the Ski Club said of the event: “With such a good turnout at both resorts we have really helped make a difference to the amount of litter left on the mountain following the ski season. By putting on this event we have also made locals and tourists aware of the fact that litter is an issue in such delicate environments and we have hopefully made them think twice about dropping litter in the future.”
Bob Kinnaird, Chief Executive of Cairngorm Mountain was delighted with the event and said: “People don’t appreciate how much litter gets dropped during the ski season and gets buried under the snow. It’s only now there is the opportunity to clean the mountain up. We are really grateful to all the volunteers who have turned up to come and help tidy the site up. It is important we keep this mountain clean because it is so precious and we want to ensure we can ski here in years to come.”
The Big Spring Clean is the next step in the Ski Club of Great Britain’s Respect the Mountain Campaign www.respectthemountain.com), and as well as helping the sustainability of the mountains and the wildlife, the event has helped raise awareness about responsible tourism and send a message to skiers, and mountain users about the seriousness of dropping litter.
For more information on the 'Big Spring Clean' visit www.skiclub.co.uk or for more information on the Respect the Mountain Campaign visit www.respectthemountain.com
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