This week is Litter Week of action 2013 and will be a dedicated to highlighting the major issue of littering from vehicles.
In Scotland, an average of 7 bottles and cans can be found along every 100 metres of major roads. Not only a poor impression for visitors to the country, this litter problem is also dangerous for Scotland’s road users and wildlife. The Transport Litter Group, a group of stakeholders looking to address the problem of litter on Scotland’s transport network, by hosting the first ever Litter Week of Action. Taking place from the 19th of August, local authorities, road, rail and other transport operators will be joining forces to raise awareness of the negative impacts and costs to us all of litter on Scotland’s transport network.
The message for the week is Flingin’s Mingin’ drive your garbage home
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said
It is shocking that on average there are four plastic bottles and three drinks cans littered on every 100 metres of our major roads in Scotland. It’s a blight, contributes to punctures and can cause accidents not to mention the fact that clearing it from our road and rail sides is a hazardous task. Littering is unacceptable – and in the Year of Natural Scotland and as we approach 2014 when we welcome the world to Scotland, it’s important that we show our country at its best.
We have set out action to tackle Scotland’s litter problem in our National Litter Strategy consultation and are asking people to have their say on this during the summer. This Litter Week of Action is a great opportunity to highlight this issue and I’d encourage people to work together by taking action during the week so that we can show that littering is not tolerated here.
Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said
2014 is set to be an important year for Scotland, with events including the Ryder Cup, Commonwealth Games and Homecoming, and as such it’s vital that we take steps to rid the country of its litter problem and show it off at its absolute best.“Litter on the road and in transport hubs doesn’t just look bad, it’s also a waste of valuable resources.
Commonly littered items like drinks bottles and cans could be recycled and help to boost the economy. I would urge everyone to get involved in this great week of planned activity and help to spread the message that throwing litter from vehicles or public transport is not acceptable.
Around £53m is spent each year tacking and dealing with littering & flytipping.
For more information about the impact & costs of littering in Scotland read the ZeroWaste Scotland Report Scotland’s Litter Problem.