The Roadside Litter Campaign Group

The Roadside Litter Campaign Group is made of key stakeholders in the management of roadside litter across the country. The group meets quarterly to discuss progress and plan for the future. In addition, group members provide operational support in their respective areas of action.

The Roadside Litter Campaign Group currently comprises the following:

Key Agencies

The national transport agency for Scotland, delivering the Scottish Government's vision for transport. Responsible for the delivery of major infrastructure projects and for overseeing the operation of the Scottish transport networks. Transport Scotland, through its Operating Companies, is responsible for clearance of litter on motorways and special roads, however, litter clearance on the other trunk roads is the responsibility of the local authority.

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Their goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. They are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s 2020 growth strategy.

We should all be disposing of waste in an appropriate way - recycling as a first option and using bins destined for landfill as a last resort. Littering wastes resources -matter and materials that we need to be recycling. Littering inaccessible places like the roadside often makes these resources completely irretrievable, harming the environment in more ways than one.

VisitScotland, formerly the Scottish Tourist Board, is the national tourism agency for Scotland. It is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. Working closely with private businesses, public agencies and local authorities, Visit Scotland works to ensure that visitors experience the very best of Scotland and that the country makes the most of its outstanding tourism assets and realises its potential.

Road Operators

Road Operating companies are contracted out by Transport Scotland to handle day to day maintenance of Scotland's trunk roads. The priority is repairs and improvements to ensure safe travel and steady movement of traffic but this also includes tasks like sweeping, sign cleaning, weed spraying and grass cutting and litter picking.

Road Operating Companies are responsible for litter picking on Motorways and special roads -litter picking on all other roads is the responsibility of the local aut

Local Authorities

Local Authorities are responsible for litter management on all non-Motorway or special roads. They are also responsible for enforcement against littering and flytipping offences.

We work closely with a number of local authorities who have expressed a particular interest in tackling roadside litter. We hope to engage all local authorities on this issue over the course of the campaign. If you are a local authority looking to get involved please get in touch.

Angus Council have been spearheading the campaign on the ground, as the first local authority to participate in a pilot, as well as ongoing development of new campaign initiatives.

South Ayrshire Council participated in the second pilot of the campaign, trialling the use of messaging in laybys. Read more here.

North Lanarkshire Council have been involved with the campaign from the start, bringing to the table their experience with litter prevention, management and enforcement.

Community Safety Glasgow have been involved with the campaign from the start, bringing to the table their experience with litter prevention, management and enforcement.

Other stakeholders

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is the only UK trade association dedicated solely to the needs of UK road transport operators. It is the voice of the road haulage profession, a champion of its interests and a respected partner to the broader logistics community.

The RHA’s best in class operations, intelligence and communication aid the public’s understanding of the road haulage profession. It provides its members with advice, information and guidance; up-to-the-minute research and a code of conduct to enhance their professional stature.


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