The new Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse for Scotland, introduced earlier this year, means that there are a number of new challenges to enable the duties set out in Section 89 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to be met. Continuing budget reductions and subsequent impact on frontline services makes this even more challenging.
This, along with our analysis of recent data, shows that the decline in local environmental quality is continuing and, in some communities, gathering pace. You can read more about this in our LEQ in Decline Update Report 2017.
The 2011 Christie Commission Report promotes prevention and working in partnership as the most sustainable measures for public sector delivery. In light of this, the 2018 national LEAMS seminar provided an opportunity to discuss collectively what practical steps can be taken to start reversing the decline in local environmental quality.
In addition to insightful keynote presentations, the seminar also provided a number of practical workshops to highlight case studies from a range of stakeholders which focus on partnership working as a means to successfully improving the quality of the environment for local communities.
The all-day seminar took place on the 4th December 2018 in Cumbernauld where 38 organisations were represented.