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Did you know...

Roadside litter is a growing issue in Scotland, that impacts on road safety, environmental quality and the economy

Did you know that:

  • 96.2% of motorways and A class roadside verges recorded a presence of litter, with one in seven classed as 'significantly impacted' (LEAMS, 2015-16).
  • More than half of Scottish adults have seen someone throw litter from a vehicle and not pick it up


littered roadside


Roadside littering is not considered to be acceptable. In fact:

  • 68% of Scottish adults think there is a problem with the amount roadside litter, and
  • 88% of Scottish adults agree that roadside litter creates a negative impression of Scotland

The types of roadside litter noticed most are drinks bottles/cans (63%) and food/fast food packaging (61%), with takeaway cups (30%), plastic and paper bags (33%) and cigarette related litter (31%) also significantly noticeable.

It seems that roadside litter comes, unsurprisingly, from people eating, drinking and smoking on the road.

However, our roads are not just a way of getting from A to B. They are places too:

  • 87% of people travel by road at least one day in an average week, with nearly 30% of us spending time on roads every day.


And did you know:

  • Littering from vehicles is illegal and you can be fined £80

clean roadside


Lets end roadside litter by spreading the message:

Give your litter a lift, take it home!

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,000 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20 - 25 July 2016.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 18+).