Marine Litter Strategy: Zero Waste Scotland comments

19 Aug 14

Commenting on the launch today (Tuesday 19th August) of A Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland stated the urgent need to tackle litter and flytipping to protect our seas and coastal communities.

Zero Waste Scotland is working to reduce the impact of litter and flytipping in Scotland and is driving the Scottish Government’s litter strategy, Towards a Litter-Free Scotland.

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Zero Waste Scotland is committed to reducing the impact of litter across the country, on land and in our seas. Our research shows the direct cost of litter and flytipping is £53 million a year, on clean-up and education and prevention measures, with a further £24 million of indirect costs, including the impact on neighbourhoods, property values, wildlife and the environment.

“There’s a direct link between us dumping litter on land and what ends up clogging up our seas, endangering our wildlife, and damaging our beaches and coastal areas.   This is not acceptable and Zero Waste Scotland, together with partners and communities, is working to tackle this problem which all of us have the power to do something about, right now.”


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