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Council and business collaboration to fight Scottish litter

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) has called on businesses, local authorities and other organisations across Scotland to help cut the cost of cleaning up litter by helping to prevent it in the first place.

Dr Mairi Davies, Climate Change Manager for Historic Environment Scotland (who are supporting the initiative) and David Barnes, Litter & Flytipping Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland
Launching the appeal this week (21 August) at the Engine Shed in Stirling, managed by Historic Environment Scotland, which is supporting the initiative, ZWS announced that it is inviting organisations across the country to lead the fight against litter and fly-tipping in their communities by developing Litter Prevention Action Plans.

Participating organisations and businesses will receive support from Zero Waste Scotland when devising their action plans with actions as simple as putting up anti-littering messaging, storing waste correctly and clearing external areas of an organisation’s premises of litter.

The initiative, ZWS says, provides a unique opportunity to change behaviours and attitudes towards littering among employees, volunteers and customers and allows organisations and businesses to show they are taking the lead in the tackling the litter problem.

Commenting on the initiative, ZWS Chief Executive Iain Gulland said: “It is clear that litter picking and cleaning alone is not a long-term solution to Scotland’s litter issue. That’s why we need to work together to prevent litter at its source.

“We have had a fantastic response from organisations in Dundee that are passionate about protecting their communities and the environment, and I’m excited to replicate this success across the country. I hope as many businesses and organisations as possible will get in touch to look at putting together an action plan for your area to help prevent litter from blighting it.”

Dr Mairi Davies, Climate Change Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, added: “We’re pleased to support this initiative. Keeping Scotland’s historic environment litter-free is a key priority for us so we can help to ensure that it remains somewhere that people can enjoy.

“Working together with partners like Zero Waste Scotland to promote this litter prevention message means we are one step closer to achieving this shared goal.”

Littering and flytipping is a blight on Scotland’s environment and costs more than £50 million a year in public money to clear the near 15,000 tonnes of litter thrown away in Scotland every year.

Zero Waste Scotland is charged with carrying out the Scottish Government’s litter strategy – Towards a Litter-Free Scotland – and recently launched the Litter Knowledge Network, which is collection of materials and expertise targeted at litter prevention.

To find out more about the initiative, visit the dedicated page on Zero Waste Scotland’s website.

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