Scotland's Litter Summit
Developing a collaborative approach to tackling litter and reversing the decline in our local environments
The Scottish Litter Summit was held in March 2021 and organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland.
It brought together key stakeholders from national and local government, the public sector and the third sector for an open and honest discussion around the challenges of litter and to reaffirm commitment to reversing the decline in local environmental quality. The summit also looked at ways stakeholders can best work together to improve the condition of our communities and avert a litter emergency.
- Collaborative action: Strategic direction is needed to make further progress on the issues associated with litter and fly tipping, and truly shared ownership of the new strategy will be key to encouraging collaborative action and avoiding duplication of effort.
- Aligning strategies: The marine and terrestrial litter strategies need to be closely aligned to ensure the systemic nature of the issue is addressed in a holistic way.
- The pandemic effect: The landscape, with regards to many societal issues, has undoubtedly changed due to the pandemic and a new litter strategy should engage with these new challenges and make the most of the opportunities presented by the exceptional societal engagement which has been evidenced across the country.
- Established success: Participants highlighted the need to build on established successes. A lot has already been achieved and whilst lessons should be learnt from both what has worked and what has not, the baseline is high and there is a comprehensive body of work to draw on as the new strategy is developed.
- Education: As ever education that goes beyond school-based activity, and good, clear communications are at the heart of many successful behaviour change activities.
- Data: There is a significant need to collect and share data in a way that enables decision making, allocation of resources and supports communities and volunteers. In particular, participants stressed the need to find ways to measure the impact of prevention work.
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