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Scottish Canals pledge support for Roadside Litter campaign

Scottish Canals has backed the roadside litter campaign in a drive to raise awareness of the issue, with a launch of support taking place at the Kelpies in Falkirk.

We welcome this support, particularly as 80% of marine litter is known to derive from land-based sources.

The partnership between Scottish Canals and us will see campaign materials displayed at attractions across the country, encouraging road users who visit the sites to take personal responsibility for their litter and take it home.

Thomas Thomson, Scottish Canals Deputy Customer Operations Manager, said: “Scottish Canals is pleased to support Keep Scotland Beautiful’s roadside litter campaign. We are committed to helping improve Scotland’s local environment, whether it is through the delivery of sustainable transport routes or by helping our visitors reduce their own environmental impacts”.

The launch was supported by site operators Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council, with John McNally MSP also turning out to show support for the anti-litter campaign.  

Maureen Campbell, Chief Executive of Falkirk Community Trust, commented: “Falkirk Community Trust is very pleased with how our local community and visitors help to ensure The Helix is so well maintained by depositing any litter in the bins provided or removing it from the site.

“We fully sported this particular Keep Scotland Beautiful roadside campaign as often roadside litter can blow onto The Helix site and not only spoil the enjoyment of the park for others, but endanger the wildlife that have established themselves around the site”.

The local authority and MP have also committed their support to the campaign, and we will be working with them to develop the campaign materials for the region.

Paul Garner, Environmental Spokesperson for Falkirk Council, said: “I look forward to working with Keep Scotland Beautiful on this campaign to help reduce roadside litter in the Falkirk area. I feel that council resources and money could be put to far better use within our community, so please take your litter home with you”.

John McNally, MP for the constituency of Falkirk, said: “The Kelpies is a beautiful setting, however, there are many areas of our iconic countryside which are blighted by litter and this campaign will help people to think twice about throwing rubbish from their vehicle, scarring Scotland’s landscape”.

Moving forward with the campaign, we are optimistic about working closely with Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council to address the blight of roadside litter.

30 October 2017

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