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Seabin setback but need to protect our coastline still crucial – McLean

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Ballymoney DUP Councillor Alan McLean has said he is disappointed that his proposal to trial Seabins within the Borough will not now proceed, after evidence from other Councils showed they were ineffective. However, he has welcomed the discussion which has been reignited about the need to protect our world-renowned coastline.

Councillor Alan McLean said:

Despite the fact that our Borough contains some of the most spectacular coastline found anywhere in the world, we are all aware of the damage being done to marine wildlife and our world famous beauty spots by the increased accumulation of plastics in our seas and oceans.

When I first proposed that the Council look into installing Seabins within the Borough, my desire was that this would have a practical effect and reignite a conversation about the damage we are doing to our natural environment.

Unfortunately, after examining evidence from other Councils who have trialed Seabins, it has been recommended that the Council do not proceed with the purchasing of these bins. The evidence shows that they do not collect a sufficient quantity of rubbish and have been found to malfunction at a number of different sites across NI where they are currently operational.

Whilst this is not the outcome I had hoped for, I am pleased that the debate and investigation into the bins has once again highlighted the need for us to do more to tackle plastic pollution. Our coastline is vital to our tourism offer as a Council and is important for the mental health and livelihoods of many in our Borough. Going forward, we all have a vested interest in doing our bit to reduce this pollution and protect our beautiful coastline.

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