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A clean sweep for CalMac in environmental awards

Keep Scotland Beautiful has recognised CalMac's commitment to protecting the environment with a host of awards.

Harbour and port staff have had their hard work to keep sites clean, attractive and litter-free rewarded by accolades from the environmental charity.

A total of 26 sites earned gold or silver status Environmental Awards, which help organisations to improve the quality of local places and raise understanding of sustainability. Armadale achieved the highest score of all sites, thanks to clear signage, excellent cleanliness and a well-maintained bin storage area.

As well as individual site awards, CalMac and CMAL achieved an overall silver level environmental award for their management of all sites.

Klare Chamberlain, Environmental Manager for CalMac, said: "These fantastic awards are down to the hard work of CalMac staff, who take great pride in their ports.

"We carry out regular litter audits at all sites, which has led to the installation of upgraded recycling bins and the provision of more recycling on board ferries. CalMac operates in a beautiful part of the world and is committed to preserving the local environment for all to enjoy."

Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: "We are delighted to recognise CalMac and CMAL's environmental commitment as part of our ongoing partnership with them. We are particularly pleased that every site met the requirements for at least a silver level award, and that some exceeded this and achieved the gold level. 

"We work closely with businesses and organisations across Scotland to help and support environmental improvement. Our environmental awards provide an exciting opportunity to assess and reward the efforts that are being made to help keep Scotland beautiful."

Gold winners - Armadale, Colonsay, Cumbrae, Tarbert.

Silver winners - Brodick, Castlebay, Claonaig, Colintraive, Coll, Fishnish, Gallanach, Gourock, Kennacraig, Kerrera, Kilchoan, Largs, Lochaline, Lochboisdale, Lochranza, Oban, Port Ellen, Portavadie, Rhubodach, Tiree, Tobermory, Wemyss Bay.

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