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Da Voar Redd Up

A successful Redd Up

Da Voar Redd Up is the UK's most successful community litter pick, with over 20% of Shetland’s population volunteering their time annually. This annual spring clean makes an invaluable contribution to Shetland's natural environment and wildlife, clearing Shetland's beaches, coastlines and roadsides of litter and the debris washed up by winter storms.

Da Voar Redd Up is back for 2021!

Da Voar Redd Up is back in a new collaboration with Marine Conservation Society.
In order to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission there have been a number of changes to how the event is run.

The event has been extended and will run from 24 April – 30 April 2021.
This is to allow more time for volunteers to get to the beach, with the intention to prevent many groups congregating on a beach at the same time.

Registration - Household Groups

ALL GROUPS must register/re-register this year through the Marine Conservation Society, in HOUSEHOLD GROUPS ONLY to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
If government guidance changes to allow household mixing at the time of Da Voar Redd Up, it is volunteers' responsibility to adhere to the current rules. Registration is only required for groups undertaking a coastal clean-up.

To register for a beach clean:
1. Head to mcsuk.org/beachwatch
2. Register to become an ‘Organiser’
3. Check out the ‘beach map’ and click on the beach you would like to clean
4. Click to ‘sign up as the beach’s organiser’

If your preferred beach is not listed on the map, you can ‘add a new beach.’

If you need any help during the registration process, please call the Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch team on 01989 566017.

Roadside cleaning is still encouraged but there is currently no facility for registering/surveying roadside bruck.

Download a copy of the poster here (pdf).  

Rubbish collection

Shetland Islands Council will be collecting DVRU bags from roadside only. Please ensure you transport your full redd up bags from the coastline to an accessible place for the truck to see and collect. Please ensure bags are secure so they do not blow into the road, and do not block wheelie bins that may be collected at different times to Da Voar Redd Up bruck. There is no need to let us know when your bags are ready to be collected as there will be a Shetland wide collection after the event on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of May. We do not have the facility to collect bags after this date, but if bags are placed out before then and have not been collected by Friday 5th May, they may have been missed so please contact info@shetlandamenity.org.

To survey

Marine Conservation Society encourages beach clean volunteers to complete a survey which provides a valuable insight into the most common forms of litter polluting the UK’s beaches. Volunteers who would like to conduct a survey should follow the instructions on the MCS Beachwatch website once you have registered to become a beach organiser. Surveys can be conducted on a stretch of beach between 10 metres and 100 metres long. The survey should be completed at the time of clean up, so please check it out before heading to the beach


Safety in our community is the highest priority for us, so please stick to the following rules when undertaking your Redd Up:

  1. Always follow the current government guidance on lockdown restrictions, travel limits and group numbers.
  2. Stay 2m apart from people other than your household.
  3. Use your own gloves, litter pickers (if you have them) and wash/sanitize your hands regularly.

Dog Poo

We often receive complaints from Redd Up groups regarding increasing occurrences of bagged and unbagged dog poo in their areas. Please do not collect this as it can contain hazardous bacteria and parasites, which can cause a wide range of health issues. Instead, please report instances of dog fouling to Environmental Health at Shetland Islands Council on 01595 745 250.


Please share your Redd Up photos on instagram and facebook using #dunnachuckbruck, or email any Redd Up photos you'd be willing for us to share to alice.robertson@shetlandamenity.org with your group name, location and any other details or interesting finds! 

Thank you!

We wish to extend a massive thank you to Shetland Islands Council for providing rubbish uplift for the event, and for Marine Conservation Society for their support. We would also like to thank Shetland Charitable Trust for their funding, and Enquest who provide funding for the redd-up bags.


The 2019 Redd Up

Da Voar Redd Up Thanks










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