New figures have revealed that litter louts are costing Scotland nearly 17 million every year to keep our beaches clean.
And it looks like there is plenty of work to be done in Tayside if the state of some of our beaches is anything to go by.
A report by the Scottish Government found that 16.8m is forked out every year to combat the problem and the Evening Telegraph decided to find out if the work being done is enough.
Sadly, when the Tele travelled down the coastline from Broughty Ferry to Carnoustie, we collected items ranging from cigarettes, to bottles and bags of dog poo.
While Broughty Ferry’s beach was close to spotless, one of the entrances to a pathway was littered with about a dozen dog poo bags.
Further north in Monifieth, two glass bottles were lying side-by-side along with a number of sweetie and crisp wrappers.
Carnoustie appeared to fare slightly better but, upon closer inspection, two cans of Tennent’s lager, a full pack of cigarettes, a packet of crisps and a can of Vimto were lurking in the long grass at the top of the beach.
Karen Doig, 47, a dog walker in Monifieth said the costly operation to keep our beaches clean was worth it, but warned more still needed to be done.
She said: “On the whole it seems like the money is well spent, but there are still problems.
“Monifieth beach is a quiet place in the winter, but it becomes very busy in the summer and during that period you sometimes find broken glass lying around, which is obviously a bit of a fear for me.
“Thankfully none of the dogs I’ve walked have cut or hurt themselves, but it is a concern.”
And one of Karen’s pet hates is dog walkers who don’t pick up their pooch’s poo, as she believes it is professional walkers like herself who receive the blame.
She said: “Most dog walkers are fine and pick up the mess, but it’s really annoying when they don’t because people look at me and automatically assume it’s my fault because I have the most dogs with me.
“Then the authorities will come along and have the dogs banned. We don’t want that.”
Since revealing the figures on Tuesday, the Scottish Government has now drawn up new plans which include better monitoring, encouraging businesses to reduce packaging on particular products and recycling more waste inland to prevent it reaching the coast.
Worryingly, the study reported that the majority of litter found on our beaches and seas is made from plastics, which are a significant risk to wildlife and the environment.
And there is also an economic burden on the fishing industry, with figures suggesting that vessels landed over 374 tonnes of litter between 2011 and 2014.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Marine litter is a significant problem and a staggering amount of discarded materials particularly plastics wash up on our beaches.
“I want this to change. It is dangerous for our marine wildlife, it’s damaging and costly for our fishing fleet and is an unnecessary blight on our wonderful beaches, which are enjoyed by thousands of visitors from home and abroad.”