The Braeside tar pit

This story was created as part of our work with the Royal Highland Education Trust. It is a continuation of our Future Archaelogies theme. It is inspired by the enormous number of old tyres there are, stashed in various places throughout the country. It has a strong link to farming and the land, and is Read More…

Rubbish reflections

On the Thursday 18th August 2022, refuse collection workers in Edinburgh started strike action as negotiations over pay and conditions failed. They were joined by their colleagues in other Scottish local authorities at various points over the next few days, including Glasgow (where strike action began on Wednesday 24th). The Edinburgh strike in particular gained Read More…

“Vorsprung durch Technik”

I found the detonator at the side of the road to Sandhead, on the Rhinns of Galloway. It had been run over, possibly by one of the big, heavy trucks transporting grass to the farms for silage, but its wires were still attached and some of the inner wadding material was poking out of one Read More…

Sic transit gloria

  I know I will get accused of being a spoilsport, but: can we please ban foiletti – and their cousins, metallic party balloons? Governments in the UK have recently moved to ban “single use” plastics. The Scottish Government has positionined itself as leading the way in this respect. As part of the fanfare surrounding Read More…

It’s not even December and they’re decorating the trees

I know it’s an annual trope, but Christmas (and Christmas waste) really did seem to start earlier this year. The shops switched to their Christmas ranges and started piping shmaltzy Christmas music, even before the lights were switched on.   Amid concerns about continued supply chain “issues,” we are urged to stock up early: to Read More…

All Souls Day

  Serafino Celebrations – making YOUR moments last forever. Anna added the date to the card – Halloween 2021 – and slid it into the plastic pocket with the coppery-coloured foil disc. “Are you still bringing those into the house?” Anna shrugged. “They seem to be getting here under their own steam now. This one Read More…

The Litter Lout’s Choice Awards – results now out!

  We’re proud to announce the first results of the inaugural Litter Lout’s Choice Awards (Central Scotland, Stirling City Region – Beverages category). In the Beverages category, we saw strong competition from a wide range of entrants representing recyclabe packaging including tetrapacks, plastic bottles, cans and glass.¬† High-performing entrants included bottled water, flavoured milk, irn Read More…