Every year, 250 million easily visible items are dropped as litter, and 26,000 tonnes of materials are flytipped, with millions of pounds of public money being spent to clean up.
Recent research tells us that 88% of Scots agree that litter is a problem across Scotland, and 70% are concerned about the problem in their area*.
Read on to find out more about the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy and how you can have your say to help influence the strategy.
Litter and Flytipping in Scotland
In 2014, Scotland’s first National Litter Strategy was launched, a review of which was published in 2021. The review identified key successes of the strategy and highlighted that progress has been made.
However, it also recognised that litter and flytipping are deep-rooted problems, continuing to pose a significant challenge across Scotland.
What can be done to tackle litter and flytipping?
In March 2021, the Scottish Government committed to developing a new National Litter and Flytipping Strategy which will treat litter and flytipping as two separate issues of equal importance and will set out to identify coordinated and collaborative action to tackle each.
The next step involves a 15-week public consultation, launching from 13th December 2021.
This is an opportunity for stakeholders including landowners, business, organisations and individuals like you to have your say on litter and flytipping in Scotland.
Your voice will help to shape the new strategy, which is expected to launch in 2022.
Have your say on litter and flytipping. Take part in The Scottish Government’s public consultation: zws.scot/LitterFlytipping.
How can I have my say?
The public consultation is seeking the views of people in Scotland on three key themes for both litter and flytipping:
- Behaviour change
- Services and infrastructure
You can take part by visiting zws.scot/LitterFlytipping, where you will be able to complete the formal consultation response and ensure that your views on litter and flytipping are heard.
Join in the conversation
You can join in the conversation and ask questions about the consultation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #YourSayOnLitter and #YourSayOnFlytipping.
Download our social media toolkit, featuring suggested social media posts, to let others in your community know about their chance to shape the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy for Scotland.
Want to know more?
Zero Waste Scotland will be hosting two live webinars, in partnership with the Scottish Government, Keep Scotland Beautiful and SEPA.
Everyone is invited to come alone to the webinars where you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and share your views.
Webinar dates will be announced early 2022 and we’ll be sharing links to these sessions via our social media channels, so keep an eye out.
* Keep Scotland Beautiful unpublished data.