Plastic Free Melrose Litter Pick on the River Tweed 

On Saturday morning, a group of volunteers met up at the Gattonside Chain Bridge to pick up litter along Tweed.

There had been a number of posters put up in the town and I am delighted to report that around 15 volunteers came along to help out. This group included a number of St. Mary's pupils, parents and staff.


In all, we collected c40kg of litter from the stretch between the fishing hut and the bend above the weir. There were some weird and wonderful things including a child's jacket and, most surprisingly, a duvet! Who throws a duvet in the river? However, the bulk of the items were single-use plastics; mainly food packaging and drinks bottles.


The litter pick is part of our campaign to help make Melrose an accredited Plastic Free Community. This is a way of recognising the efforts of local businesses as they work toward eliminating single-use plastic items like coffee cups, cutlery, straws, bags, bottles etc.

Well done to all involved!