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Businesses pledge to help keep Dundee litter-free

A growing number of local businesses have vowed to do their bit to keep Dundee’s streets clean after signing up to a new litter prevention initiative.  

31 Jul 17

Zero Waste Scotland, which is behind the new initiative, is calling on local organisations to play their part in changing behaviour and attitudes to dropping litter, in a bid to keep the city clean. 

The Overgate Shopping Centre and McDonalds have already signed up to the initiative, and Zero Waste Scotland is urging more businesses across the city to join them.

Under the initiative, businesses agree to adopt a range of actions to prevent litter and flytipping.  Actions include preventative approaches such as displaying litter prevention messages, minimising packaging, and providing sufficient litter and recycling bins, as well as clearing litter from around their business premises.

Not only does littering have a negative impact on the local environment, but it also costs millions of pounds a year to clean up. More than £50 million every year is spent on tackling the problem, and a further £25 million addressing its wider consequences including impacts on health and wellbeing, community wellbeing and wildlife. The public money which is spent cleaning up litter could better be used for essential services.

Morag Dennis, Operations Manager at the Overgate Shopping Centre, said:

“Overgate is a big part of Dundee and we take great pride in the appearance of the centre - so when we were asked to sign up it just made sense.

“We all need to take responsibility for keeping Dundee litter-free and creating a welcoming and attractive environment for visitors to our city.”

Nick McPartland, a local McDonald’s franchise owner said:

“As a high-volume takeaway food retailer in Dundee, we have a role to play in ensuring the area is kept litter free and helping to educate our customers.

“When businesses and the community come together to tackle local issues we are able to achieve so much more, and this initiative is a perfect example of this.  We hope by committing to this initiative we can encourage other retailers to do the same."

Urging more business to follow their lead, David Barnes, Programme Manager litter & Flytipping, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“We’re delighted that two of the major retail players in Dundee, the Overgate and McDonalds, are taking the lead on tackling litter by answering our call to local businesses to draw up a prevention plan. I look forward to welcoming more businesses to working with us.

“We know that the litter issue is not going away and based on our research, that simply cleaning it up doesn’t work – we need to work together to stop people dropping it in the first place and keep this fantastic city looking great, which will benefit everyone.”

The initiative is open to any business in Dundee that wants to demonstrate its commitment to the environment and their community.  Zero Waste Scotland is currently working with a number of local businesses, schools, fast food outlets, community groups, retailers and supermarkets across the city.

Any business interested in finding out more about the initiative should visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/litter-flytipping/prevention-action-plans or email litterandflytipping@zerowastescotland.org.uk.  

Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
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