Source to Sea Week of Action across Scotland

Tackling litter along Scottish rivers to stop it getting to the sea

We are hosting a series of events during a week of action against marine litter and want everyone to get involved.

#Source2Sea Week will take place between 8-15 September. This year, following the success in previous years on the Clyde and Tay, the charity plans to increase its reach and impact and clean up more waterways across the country.

And, for the first time, we are offering the chance to win prizes – including £150 and vouchers – to those completing a daily action such as telling people about the week, completing a litter survey or choosing to reuse.

#Source2Sea Week will launch with events in Dundee and Aberdeen. There are also confirmed events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth throughout the week.

The week of action is part of our award-winning Upstream Battle campaign. The aim is to inspire changes in behaviour and promote the importance of tackling various litter pathways from our streets and parks to waterways preventing it from making its way into the marine environment.

With 80% of marine litter coming from land, tackling the issue at source is imperative. This is something we can all do - by cleaning up the areas alongside our waterways, we can protect our seas and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Eighty per cent of people living in Scotland believe the amount of litter in our rivers is a problem, with 12.7 million tonnes of plastic entering marine waters every year.

Paul Wallace, our Campaigns and Social Innovation Manager, said: “Scotland is facing a litter emergency and we know with increasing levels of litter being recorded in the country this will have an impact on our seas nationally, and globally.

“Our Upstream Battle Source to Sea Week is a great opportunity to get involved and take collective action to tackle marine litter at source with likeminded people who care about our environment.

“From organising a litter pick to completing a litter survey, there are plenty of ways for people to get involved. It would be great to see individuals from businesses to community groups from all over the country take part in our Week of Action and help us stop litter at source.”

Visit Source to Sea Week | Upstream Battle for more information.

01 September 2023

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