1. Keep Dumbarton Rock Clean: April 2013

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    Since the late 60s Dumbarton Rock has been Scotland’s most popular climbing venue, partly due to its location and ease of access, but mainly due to its vast quantity of top class boulder problems, trad and sport routes. It has numerous boulder and sport climbs between the 6th and 8th grades and is home to a plethora of trad climbs, including one of the hardest trad routes in the world. However, sadly Dumby is more than often overlooked by the climbing community. To those who haven’t visited, its reputation of being a littered and graffitied venue, occasionally frequented by dysfunctional youths drinking and smashing bottles, is too much of a frightening prospect for a day’s climbing. If you do manage to pluck up the courage to visit Dumby and you get used to the climbing style and the infamous basalt, so polished in places its friction resembles that of glass, it will without doubt grow on you. You’ll forget about the broken glass and the graffiti (much of which is now gone) and you’ll get down to some serious climbing. Once you experience an evening of clear blue skies and a beautiful sunset over the mouth of the Clyde you will be sold... This short flick is about a recent event at Dumbarton Rock, where climbers, dog walkers and local Dumbartoners alike, came together in an attempt to clean up Dumbarton climbing area. Hopefully seeing this will encourage you to relinquish any preconceptions you might have about Dumby and give it a shot if you are in the neighborhood. Now would be a great time to go as it has it is litter and ‘almost’ graffiti free, following a recent effort by Historic Scotland. For a full and far more eloquent depiction of Dumbarton rock climbing have a read of ‘PHYSICAL GRAFFITI’, an excellent short article written by John Hutchinson - http://www.dumby.info/history.htm. If you’re keen for a trip www.Dumby.info has everything you need to know. Thanks to The Climbing Academy, Stone Country, Glasgow Climbing Centre, West Dunbartonshire Council, The Mountaineering Council of Scotland and Force Ten for supporting the event.

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    • The Neighbourhood Guardian

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      Elisa Ng is the writer behind the blog "Give them roots and wings". She nurtures the habit of picking up litter in her family, hoping that her children can grow up loving the environment and the people around. This is Elisa Ng.

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      • Dump vs. Sanitary Landfill: Why Managing Litter Manages Your Image VOD

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        As wind moves across your landfill, it acts in the same way as water flowing down a riverbed. There are pools, eddies, rapids and back-currents, which vary depending on the topography of your site. By "reading" your landfill as a kayaker would read a river, you can better understand how litter moves across your landfill. This knowledge can make your litter control efforts much more effective. A litter bit here and a litter bit there …and pretty soon your site looks like a dump. Your landfill’s image is impacted – for good or bad – by how well you control litter. There are many types of litter screens used to contain wind-blown litter. Their effectiveness is more a function of how/where they are used than of the specific type of screen. Litter control - or rather the lack of litter control - is one of the most common regulatory violations at landfills. Why does something that appears to be so simple create so many problems? Because we don’t approach it from a strategic perspective. Instead we put up a fence here and portable screen there …and wonder why it doesn’t work. The solution is to focus your efforts. Agenda: -Why managing litter is essential to your image -How to evaluate the topography of your site, and create a litter plan that is customized to your specific needs and challenges -Different types of litter fences, and how to utilize them effectively -Litter picking (man vs. machine) -How your operation can affect your litter -How to meet litter regulations without a lot of headache Instructor: Neal Bolton

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