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Ellon waste water plant filters wash up at Newburgh

Thousands of plastic filters have appeared on a beach in Aberdeenshire after being washed into the sea by a flood from a wastewater treatment plant.

The Turning the Plastic Tide project said it had removed more than 2,400 of the devices from a 600-meter stretch of shoreline near Newburgh.

I did not say that Scottish Water and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) had been made aware of the incident.

Scottish Water said its wastewater treatment plant near Ellon was “overwhelmed” by a river during the recent heavy rains.

A spokesperson said: “A team is working today to clear the affected part of the beach.

“The wastewater treatment plant is operating normally again and the cause of the incident is being investigated to minimize the risk of a recurrence.

“We would like to apologize for the concern caused and are committed to minimizing any lasting impact on the environment.”

Sepa said it is in contact with Scottish Water about the cleanup.

A spokeswoman said: “The public should not handle the plastic media as they are used as a substrate for the growth of bacteria as part of the treatment process.”

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