Third sector groups urged to cut cost of litter clear-up


Zero Waste Scotland is asking for actions plans to be drawn up

21st August 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

A call has been made for third sector organisations to help cut the cost of clearing up litter.

Zero Waste Scotland has launched a nationwide initiative calling on businesses, local authorities and other organisations to help cut the cost of litter clean-up and join forces to prevent it from happening in their communities.

The campaign was launched at the new Scottish building conservation centre in Stirling and has been backed by Historic Environment Scotland.

Organisations across the public, private and third sector in Scotland are being invited to lead their communities in the fight against litter and flytipping by developing litter prevention action plans.

Participants to the initiative will receive support from Zero Waste Scotland to identify the litter prevention actions that make up their action plans. Actions could be as simple as putting posters up in windows to discourage customers from littering, storing waste correctly, including litter prevention messages in staff inductions, and making sure any external areas of an organisation’s premises are cleared of litter.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, 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, said: “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.”

Any organisations looking to take part can find more information at the Zero Waste Scotland website.