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Consultation offers you a chance to #HaveYourSayOnLitter

13 December 2021

We have welcomed the opening of a public consultation on a new National Litter and Flytipping Strategy which will run until 31 March 2022.

The Scottish Government is seeking views on a range of measures to prevent litter and flytipping, optimise services, improve data and strengthen enforcement.

Barry Fisher, our CEO said: “We know that 88% believe that litter is a problem nationally, while 70% believe it is an issue in their local area – this is unacceptable. For decades we have been working to tackle litter; supporting communities to take action; partnering with businesses to identify solutions; and, working with local authorities to measure the scale of the problem. 

"The National Litter and Flytipping consultation launched today gives us all a chance to have our say on litter.  We are looking forward to running a number of events to stimulate discussion and capture the views of people across Scotland as we explore the complexities of litter and the behaviours behind it as part of the consultation process.  The next three months provide those frustrated by litter with a huge opportunity to have their voices heard.”

Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said: “We want a Scotland that is free of the blight of litter and flytipping. That’s why we’re asking for views on a bold set of measures that could help make our streets, parks and public spaces free of rubbish.

“Litter and flytipping are not just a blight on local communities – they also cost millions of pounds every year in clean-up costs. We need to send a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

“We also need to understand why anti-litter measures are still not reaching some people. To address that, we are proposing not just a one off campaign, but a sustained push, backed my new research into why people litter.

“We also want to make better use of data to clamp down on illegal dumping. By understanding more about where and when flytipping takes place, we can be more effective in targeting interventions to stop it.”

We are looking forward to playing our part by supporting people across Scotland to have their voices heard and to make responses to the consultation over the coming months. A series of webinars and events will take place in early 2022 and we will keep you all up to date here.

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