Football club backing litter campaign

The litter initiative was highlighted before Formartine's home match on Saturday.
The litter initiative was highlighted before Formartine's home match on Saturday.

Formartine United are supporting a local litter campiagn.

They have teamed up with Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative (ALi) and people in Udny and Pitmedden to set a new standard in protecting the environment.

The club are encouraging fans to support the venture which asks people to collect litter regularly in a small area of their own community such as a street or park.

Udny Community Council, Udny Community Trust and the Friends of Pitmedden Garden have all signed up.

Formartine are switching from using plastic cups at the club’s pie shop to comparable paper and ecoplastics, which are made from plant material that can be made into compost.

The club are already known as Scotland’s first Fairtrade football club.

Now they are adding to their achievements with a new drive to be “eco friendly”. The move includes partnering with leading Scottish enterprise Vegware, which makes the environmentally-friendly packaging that United will use at their North Lodge ground.

Club spokesman Ian Skene said: “Formartine are conscious that we need to work with our community to create less litter. We not only encourage initiatives to pick up litter but also reduce litter that could damage the environment.

Local Councillor - and United fan - Paul Johnston said: “The club made their mark by being ethical and supporting Fairtrade now they are showing fantastic support for the ALi and reducing litter.”