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We welcome first ever litter strategy for England

Litter is a global issue, not one which respects borders, which is why we have welcomed the launch of a litter strategy for England, ensuing all UK nations are tackling the issue together.

Bringing three government departments together the strategy sets out how local authorities, government agencies and businesses will work with local communities to take action to clean up England and change attitudes towards littering.  It also priorities strengthening enforcement powers.

We warmly welcomed the Scottish litter strategy in June 2014, followed by a Scottish marine litter strategy in August 2014.  And, like the Scottish strategy the English one is based on three main interventions: Information and education, Infrastructure and Enforcement.

In 2015 we joined litter charities and business organisations across the UK to make a joint plea to the UK Government to take a firm lead on litter.   We believe that the devolved strategies for the UK will create a strong platform from which positive cultural changes can be made.

Our Chief Executive Derek Robertson said: “Litter is not a Scottish problem, a UK problem or even just an European one.  It is a global issue. 

“Litter respects no boundaries, so we are pleased that a litter strategy for England has been launched today.  With action now being taken across the UK we hope to be able to continue the fight-back against the problem in a consistent and coordinated way, supporting and working with local authorities, businesses and communities to make the places they care about cleaner and greener.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful has always been at the front-line in the battle against litter, and we look forward to working co-operatively with our counterparts across the UK, and in Europe through our work with the Clean Europe Network, to reduce litter and littering behaviours.

If you want to take action to tackle litter in your community, why not get involved in this year’s Clean Up Scotland Spring Clean.  You can register your event here.

10 April 2017

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