Locals ‘broken’ after filling dozens of binbags with vapes and smashed bottles from award-winning beach

Locals are heartbroken after having to fill dozens of garbage bags with e-cigarettes and broken bottles left on an award-winning beach.

Dozens of revelers flocked to Irvine beach in Ayrshire as Scotland enjoyed the sunny weather.

Volunteers filled over 100 bags of trash on Irvine Beach


Volunteers filled over 100 bags of trash on Irvine BeachPhoto Credit: © Jamie Williamson, All Rights Reserved

But local clean-up teams said huge amounts of rubbish were left behind.

The beach was awarded the Keep Scotland Beautiful award for its cleanliness just THIS WEEK.

Still, volunteers from the Irvine Clean Up Crew had to fill over 100 bags of trash left behind by beachgoers.

The popular beach is littered with broken glass, empty bottles and HUNDREDS of disposable vapes.

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Teams wake up each morning amazed at the amount of clutter they have to clear.

Volunteer Jen Pless said Clyde FM: “It’s great to see that the beach is busy and people are enjoying themselves. That’s what he’s here for.”

She said volunteers filled 41 sacks this morning alone and in some parts of the beach there was “more plastic than sand”.

Jen also said that the massive amount of trash that is left behind doesn’t even surprise her anymore.

She added: “But unfortunately this morning it was more plastic than sand in most places.

“We picked up 41 bags of rubbish this morning alone, and that’s a massive amount for such a small stretch of beach.”

“It’s great to receive the award because there’s a lot of work behind it and a lot of collaboration between different groups.

“Then you see those scenes and you feel a little heartbroken by the situation, but it keeps happening and I’m never surprised by the mess.”

Sun-seeking Scots are flocking to beautiful spots across the country to bask in the heat that is expected to last for months.

Temperatures have been so hot that Scots are on a rare 30-minute sunburn warning as the high heat could mean there is less time to burn skin.

STV Weatherman Sean Batty forecasts high UV levels across the country.

And people are being urged to reduce their water consumption as the country faces potential water shortages.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said the drought in May meant most of the country was on early warning of water shortages.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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