Scotland's Local Environmental Quality seminar 2023/24

This year our Local Environment Quality seminar took place in person on 14th December 2023.

The theme of the day was taking action as part of the publication of the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

We looked at the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy which was launched this summer as well as had other presentations and workshops on keeping land clean and clear. We showcased examples of how different organisations are doing this, often in partnership with other organisations or communities, and in more recent years how this is done on different land types. There was space for networking at the event too. It was for local authorities and other organisations with a duty to keep land clean and clear as well as those with a relationship to these responsibilities.

You can find information on last year’s seminar on our website.

Seminar agenda


09:30 - 10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00 - 10:10 Introduction
  Katie Murray,  Environment and Place Services Manager, Keep Scotland Beautiful    
10:10 - 10:30 Keynote presentation
  Barry Fisher, CEO, Keep Scotland Beautiful
10:30 - 10:50 Scottish Litter Survey
  Mark Diffley, Founder and Director, Diffley
10:50 - 11:10 Flytipping actions for year 1 as part of the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy
  Craig Fraser, Senior Policy Officer, National Waste Unit, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
11:10 - 11:20 Q and A
11:20 - 11:35 BREAK
11:35 - 12:20 Workshop sessions
  Choice of one of three workshops
12:20 - 12:30 Comments and further questions
12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 - 13:50 Wider UK collaboration
  Angharad James, Policy and Research Officer, Keep Wales Tidy
13:50 - 14:35 Workshop sessions
  Choice of one of three workshops
14:35 - 14:50 BREAK
14:50 - 15:05 National Litter and Flytipping Strategy, year 1 data actions 
  Brian Rae, Survey and Data Coordinator, Keep Scotland Beautiful 
15:05 - 15:20 National Litter and Flytipping Strategy, year 1 community engagement actions
  Heather McLaughlin, Campaigns Coordinator - Litter and LEQ, Keep Scotland Beautiful
15:20 - 15:30 Closing remarks
15:30 Close



Participants chose two of the following three workshops to attend during the day.

Workshop 1 - Role out of Litter Lotto year 1 and future plans

Iain Martin, South Ayrshire Council

Iain will share experience on the roll-out of litter lotto in South Ayrshire Council areas over the last year and plans for expansion in the coming months.

Workshop 2 - Engaging Volunteers

Sarah Latto and Kelly Eagle, Volunteer Scotland

In this session, Sarah and Kelly from Volunteer Scotland will explore some methods for demonstrating the impact and value of volunteers. They will also share how volunteer behaviours have changed in recent years and provide some guidance for attracting and retaining new volunteers. Finally, they will share some exciting ideas for ensuring that volunteers are helping to bring about meaningful environmental change in local communities.

Workshop 3 - Community-focused litter education programme (NLFS Action 4)

Alastair Alford, Keep Scotland Beautiful

In this session we will give you an overview of the community-focused litter education programme workshop session we have developed as part of Action 4 in the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy. This workshop aims to provide information and build confidence in individuals and groups at the beginning of their journey to tackle litter locally.  In this workshop session, we will run through the content and examples and look for your feedback ahead of delivering this to four local authorities in January and February.


Katie Murray (chair)

Environment and Place Services Manager, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Katie joined Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2013 and has worked in a variety of roles within the organisation. As Environment and Place Services Manager, Katie engages with communities, businesses and public sector agencies to take action to improve the places where people live, work and visit. Katie has responsibility for the portfolio of Environment Services and Place Services. This includes our business programmes, including awards and certifications, audits and training. Katie supports planning and development in relation to areas such as Extended Producer Responsibility, litter and waste, CoPLAR and Climate Change.

Prior to joining us, Katie was a Service Manager at the Royal Voluntary Service, managing the Home from Hospital programme in Stirling, supporting smooth patient transition from on-ward services to home support. Katie has a BA Honours in history, with a special subject of Environmental History.

Barry Fisher (presenter)

Chief Executive, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Barry has extensive experience in the youth sector.  He joined us from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, where latterly he held the role of Scotland Director.  Prior to this Barry worked with the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. The environment has always played a massive part in all his past employment roles as he sought to engage young people with activities dependent on clean, healthy environments.

He has a BA Honours in management and tourism from the University of Glasgow/SRUC.

Mark Diffley (presenter)

Founder and Director, Diffley

Mark Diffley is a researcher and pollster with over 20 years’ experience. After 10 years as Director of Ipsos MORI in Edinburgh, Mark set up a new business in 2017, delivering research and insight for clients across the public, private and third sectors in Scotland and further afield. Clients include the Scottish government and other national public bodies, major companies and national and international charities.

In his career Mark has provided polling, analysis and commentary of many political events, from elections to the UK and Scottish parliaments to the referendums on Scottish independence and EU membership. He has worked with and advised political parties and campaigns of all persuasions through his career and is a regular media contributor on public opinion and polling.

Craig Fraser (presenter)

Senior Policy Officer, National Waste Unit, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

Craig is a Senior Policy Officer within SEPA’s National Waste Unit. SEPA is the principal environmental regulator in Scotland and the National Waste Unit provides support and guidance to local regulatory teams as well as providing the link between SEPA and national waste policy. Craig is currently focused on flytipping having been heavily involved in the development of the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy for Scotland, published in July 2023. His other current areas of work include EPR for packaging, end-of-life vehicles and all things plastic.

Angharad James (presenter)

Policy and Research Officer, Keep Wales Tidy

Angharad joined the policy team at Keep Wales Tidy in 2022 and has since been involved in LEAMS surveys, litter data management, behaviour change trials and working with partners to create waste prevention policies. Angharad has a BSc and MRes degree, and her research focussed on marine renewable energy and animal behaviour. Angharad previously worked as a marine research technician at Swansea University, working on multiple projects including coastal surveying, UAV disturbance, eDNA and seagrass restoration. Angharad is also a rescue diver and enjoys wild swimming and hiking.

Brian Rae (presenter)

Survey and Data Coordinator, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Brian joined Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2006.  He has a committed approach to working in the environmental sector and has managed a variety of data streams – including LEAMS, coastal environmental quality data, trunk road service station quality audit data, and data from bespoke Nudge behaviour change projects. Brian has built and managed data capture/querying/reporting systems with efficiency and ease of use in mind, while allowing for complex hypothesis testing. Brian has developed and coordinated the LEAMS programme, working in partnership with all 32 local authorities, building and maintaining relationships as the needs for street cleanliness monitoring evolved. He has been involved in developing a standardised methodology for monitoring litter across Europe with the Clean Europe Network and is working with Zero Waste Scotland to develop Litter Monitoring System (LMS). Brian has an Honours Degree in Environmental Science, majoring in applied GIS.

Heather McLaughlin (presenter)

Campaigns Coordinator - Litter and LEQ, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Heather joined Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2017.  She works on a range of projects in the Community Projects team

Before coming to work with us Heather spent time with Aberdeen City Council on the recycling team helping with community engagement and education activities. She also volunteered as a community researcher for The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and with the Sedimentary Ecology Research Group on a range of studies. Heather has a BSc in Biology from The University of St Andrews, whilst at university she was part of climate change awareness group, community gardening workshops and worked with the local aquarium on animal training and enrichment.


If you have any questions about this seminar or future events please contact: Brian.Rae@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

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