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First Stonehaven School joins Businesses, Individuals & Community Groups in the campaign to Gain Plastic Free Status for Stonehaven

By bellmannews / June 1, 2023
group of schoolchildren brandishing blue bin bags full of rubbish

By Marion Montgomery

MACKIE ACADEMY is the first school to get behind the Plastic Free Stonehaven campaign.

Head teacher, Louise Moir, said: “Mackie Academy are delighted to be working towards the Plastic Free Schools Award alongside Paws on Plastic and Plastic Free Stonehaven. The school works with its young people to get them to value not only their local community but the wider environment it is part of and, in a coastal location such as this, it is only too clear the impact plastic has on both land and sea.

”We are really excited about the actions we intend to take in the coming school year with our teams in school and in our local community to work towards being plastic free.”

A group of S2 pupils from Mackie Academy recently removed over 14 kgs of litter from Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven supported by Plastic Free Stonehaven and Paws on Plastic.  This was a litterpick in support of the Great Stonehaven Spring Clean & the Big Help Out.

Plastic Free Stonehaven is a community group aiming to gain Plastic Free status from Surfers against Sewage by working with all members of our community to reduce the use of single use plastics in our town.  The community Group’s Steering Group is the Stonehaven Town Centre Improvement Group comprising representatives from Aberdeenshire Council, Stonehaven & District Community Council, Stonehaven Business Association, Stonehaven Town Partnership, Stonehaven Horizon Group, Stonehaven Men’s Shed, Paws on Plastic and our local Stonehaven councillors.  Plastic Free Stonehaven itself comprises a small team of Councillor Sarah Dickinson, Fiona Bashford and Marion Montgomery who run all the activities.

Plastic Free Stonehaven lead, Marion Montgomery has been delighted with the campaign’s progress so far. 

‘‘The response by the people of Stonehaven and local businesses has really been amazing,” she said.

” We have huge numbers of volunteers turning out in all weathers for our community beach cleans to remove litter from our beautiful beach and fantastic support from businesses signing up to take the plastic free pledge to remove single use plastics. 

”The ideas that businesses and individuals are sharing on how to reduce single use plastics are so useful – and the great thing is that so many actually save us money.  I’d encourage everyone to follow our campaign and get involved. ”

Get involved – beach clean and Feein’ Market stall

We have a beach clean this Saturday, 3rd June, 10am-11am to which all are welcome and also a stall at the Stonehaven Feein Market on Saturday so pop along and get involved!”

In addition to regular monthly litterpicks, Plastic Free Stonehaven has run a Soft Plastics Unwrap Event at Stonehaven Coop and has supported members of the community with litterpicking equipment for cleanup events. 

The group is progressing well through the Surfers against Sewage Plastic Free framework and is currently looking for more community groups, sports groups, youth groups and other organisations like churches, schools and service providers to get involved in support of the campaign. It is hoped that we will fully complete all the objectives of the programme and achieve Plastic Free Status for Stonehaven in the next few months.

To join us, search for “PLASTIC FREE STONEHAVEN’ on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram via the links below.

Plastic Free Stonehaven runs monthly beach cleans on the first Saturday of each month. The next one is this coming on Saturday , 3rd May10am – 11am. All welcome. Meeting at the Craws Nest at 10am. All equipment will be provided but if you have your own gloves &/or litter picker please bring them along.  Children are very welcome but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Facebook – Plastic Free Stonehaven

Instagram – Plastic Free Stonehaven

Twitter – Plastic Free Stonehaven


Feature image: Mackie Academy S2s after their litterpick at Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven in support of the Great Stonehaven Spring Clean & Big Help Out.