The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on litter and flytipping in Scotland with the support of Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The consultation is designed to seek the views of stakeholders, including community councils, on the aims and objectives that will form the National Litter and Fly tipping Strategy for Scotland, which is due to launch in 2022.
Research shows 88% of Scots agree that litter is a problem across Scotland and 70% are concerned about the problem in their area.
Scotland’s first National Litter strategy was published in 2014 and was reviewed in 2021, identifying key successes of the strategy while also recognising that litter and fly tipping are deep-rooted problems, which continue to pose a significant challenge in communities across Scotland.
In March 2021, the Scottish Government committed to developing a new National Litter and Fly tipping Strategy. The new strategy will treat litter and fly tipping as two separate issues of equal importance and will set out to identify coordinated and collaborative action to tackle each.
This is an important opportunity for community councils to have their say and to influence the proposed strategy. The consultation closes on 31 March 2022, and you can find out more information, including how to respond, on the Scottish Government website.