USED colostomy bags were among the waste found by stunned volunteers during a community litter pick at a Greenock beauty spot.

Thirty-seven people, including six schoolchildren, had rolled up their sleeves to tidy up Lyle Hill on Saturday morning.

Gourock man Stephen Henry organised the event through an online community forum he has set up to tackle the area's litter problem.

He said: "Five carrier bags full of used colostomy bags were found by one of the other litter pickers.

"It's horrendous.

During the morning, the hard working volunteers filled 61 black bins bags full of rubbish.

Some of the items recovered included an unopened can of weedkiller, a political sign, a space hopper, a road sign with concrete on the base, a large bedroom mirror, a coffee table, three traffic cones, several road traffic signs, lots of bagged dog poo and polystyrene cups/food carriers and plastic forks.

Stephen said: "The size of the tipping means it could be commercial but I don't know."

After the litter pick the volunteers were treated to breakfast at local bar-restaurant Fenwick 47 in West Blackhall Street, who sponsored the event.

Stephen said: "I'm looking to create a local environmental forum with all key Inverclyde stakeholders, with a view to agree an agenda with regards to improving Inverclyde's impact on the environment."

Stephen is keen to get more children involved in the project, such as local nurseries plus primary and secondary schools.

He is also asking the community for opinions on where the next litter pick should take place.

People should send their suggestions to Stephen via his Facebook page.

Any local groups or schools who are keen to get involved should email him on