These Arran organisations are committed to reducing their plastic usage and have helped Arran to become Scotland's first, officially recognised "Plastic-Free Community" and are contributing to North Ayrshire Council's drive to become a Plastic Free Council.

North Ayrshire Council
  • Committed to support TAP (TAP-Arran is specifically mentioned in the council's plastic-free policy.
  • NAC Provide bags, pickers and collect refuse from beach cleans.
  • The Assistant Waste Resources manager provides information, as requested, about recycling, statistics and shares appropriate information with TAP.
  • Meeting with TAP chair for review of progress in the near future.
  • Recyclable cups from starch used at opening event(and recycled).
  • Educate visitors and locals about what is in the sea and ways to care for them through the use of interactive displays and a tank of sea water creatures from Lamlash Bay.
  • Represented on steering group Use china cups for staff.
  • Lead beach cleans.
  • Actively engaged in all aspects of beach cleans and education concerning plastic pollution.
  • Two-way links to TAP website.
  • Joint screening of Albatross film.
  • Staff committed to aims of TAP.
Eco Savvy
Gold Accreditation
Sustainable Arran
The Arran Trust The Arran Mountain Festival
  • Encouraging re-useable water bottles in their literature after being approached by TAP.
  • Selling and promoting new product (developed by local Arran bee keeper) which can be used to wrap sandwiches and food products.
University of the Highlands and Islands (Argyll College)
  • Students and staff use pottery mugs.
  • Water bottles have been replaced with watercoolers with paper cups.
  • Argyll College manager has met with Think about Plastic Arran and has committed the organisation as an ally.
  • Looking at SAS and TAP literature to see what further measures might be possible in future.
Church of Scotland – Parishes of North Arran
  • Use China cups and plates.
  • Alternatives to single use plastics for cutlery, straws are used.
  • Encourage appropriate recycling of waste plastics.
Church of Scotland – Lamlash and Kilmory Parish Churches
  • Adults use china cups, saucers and plates. Children use paper cups and plates.
  • Waste plastic is appropriately re-cycled.
  • Plastic straws are no longer used.
  • Provided use of hall at reasonable rates for a TAP/Coastguard/Marine Conservation Society Scotland event.
Arran Kayak Club
  • Use alternatives to single use plastic for events.
  • Collect plastic from the sea on paddles.
  • Have members who are committed to plastic-free communities and TAP principles and objectives.
  • The solstice paddle around Holy Isle will not be using glo-sticks as planned but instead torches will be placed in plastic milk bottles to make them waterproof and the milk bottles will be recycled after the paddle.
Brodick Hall
  • Uses crockery and metal cutlery for events.
  • Use glass water jugs and tap water for exercise classes and events.
  • Will continue to work to reduce use of plastic and recycle.
Arran Mountain Rescue
  • Recyclable or durable cups used. Sell re-useable bamboo cups with Arran Mountain Rescue logo to the public.
  • Serve burgers in paper napkins when selling them to raise funds.
Arran Open Water Swimmers
  • Link to TAP on their website.
  • Members espouse the practical advice given to reduce single use plastic.
Arran Coastal Rowing Club
  • Using multi-use or recyclable cups and plates for events.
Arran Library
  • Staff use re-usable china mugs and plates and metal cutlery.
  • Readers are encouraged to re-use the single use plastic cups and the librarian is actively sourcing paper cups to use with the water machine
  • The library provided space for an exhibition on reducing single use plastic and re-cycling correctly which was mounted by TAP throughout January 2019. Will display a TAP information sheet.
  • Following an email conversation with a TAP steering group member the 'supplies' department have confirmed the libraries are using up stock and then converting to non-plastic replacements.
Join the TAP Allies

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