Partnership working reduces litter and changes behaviour
Two of the community groups we work closely with, Keptie Friends and East Haven Together led on the development of ACE in 2017 in an effort to strengthen community anti-littering action across Angus. Subsequently, when local people began to express concern about littering in the harbour area of Arbroath in 2018, ACE responded by leading on a campaign to change littering behaviours and prevent litter items escaping into the sea.
Jean Stewart from Keptie Friends and Wendy Murray from East Haven Together worked with others to develop a Litter Prevention Action Plan which was both ambitious and extensive in its scope. They used their skills, experience and knowledge of the area to identify stakeholders, assess the problems and decide on a range of strategies and interventions based on the three cornerstones of Scotland’s Litter Strategy; Information, Infrastructure and Enforcement.
A full copy of the Arbroath Harbour Outcomes Report can be downloaded from the ACE web-site aceangus.co.uk The report details a wide range of actions and interventions which were used to gain public support and nudge people to change their behaviours. We supported the project by analysing litter monitoring data which was collected prior to and following the project implementation phase. The results showed that litter was more than halved as a result of the litter prevention action plan. The project is a great example of what can be achieved when individuals and groups work together and develop strong partnerships to achieve common goals.
If you're an individual or part of a group trying to tackle litter in your community, why not check out our Clean Up Scotland campaign, there's a list of useful resources and soon you will be able to complete your own surveys to evidence specific littering habits in your area.
11 June 2020