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'Pocket ashtrays' help young Ullapool campaigners divert drain danger to sea

By Hector MacKenzie

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The initiative was well received by people in Ullapool. Picture: Ullapool Sea Savers
The initiative was well received by people in Ullapool. Picture: Ullapool Sea Savers

Young environmental campaigners in a Wester Ross community have returned to one of their old campaigns to help protect the marine environment on their doorstep.

The Next Wave pod of Ullapool Sea Savers went out with mentor Megan around the streets in Ullapool to ask smokers to try using pocket ashtrays so as not to drop butts on the ground.

That’s because they often end up washed into drains and then out to sea. They received lots of positive responses and promises to use them.

After getting hold of new pocket ashtrays, the Sea Savers took a tour around the popular fishing village to give out some of the ashtrays to people they saw smoking and asked them to make sure not to drop the cigarette butts but to use the pocket ashtrays if they are stuck and then put them in the bin when they get a chance.

It said: “People were very supportive and promised to do so.”

If anyone living locally wants one, they are asked to get in touch with the group which will provide for free.

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