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Increase in beach litter - Zero Waste Scotland comments

Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive, Iain Gulland, today commented on new data published by the Marine Conservation Society revealing the extent of litter on Scotland’s beaches.

29 Nov 17

He said: “It’s awful that our beautiful beaches are being spoiled by litter, so we welcome the hard work of Marine Conservation Society volunteers in helping to expose the shocking extent of the problem.

“We know that most marine litter starts on land – it’s things that are carelessly discarded that then get into water courses, polluting our rivers and seas. So we need to urgently change our ways.

“That’s why the Scottish Government’s plan to introduce a deposit return system for drinks containers, building on the successful carrier bag charge, as well as investigating wider measures to tackle a throwaway society are so vital.

“Our vision is for a circular economy, where we eliminate waste by making things last. Re-usable alternatives to single-use items already exist, whether for bags, bottles, cups, straws, or food packaging, so we can all make a difference today by starting to say ‘no’ to single use.”

The full press release and further information from the Marine Conservation Society is available at https://www.mcsuk.org/clean-seas/great-british-beach-clean-2017-report

Press release

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