National Litter Strategy

Scotland’s National Litter Strategy has clear goals – to reduce and ultimately prevent litter and flytipping and to encourage personal responsibility and behaviour change.  

Published by the Scottish Government in June 2014, the strategy is based on research and an extensive consultation.   

Considering litter in a different way is integral to the strategy, as well as a real appetite for change.  It encourages a new approach and fresh action combined with a collaborative effort to drive change.

The strategy has three main interventions:

  • Information - improving communications, engagement and education around the issue.
  • Infrastructure - improving the facilities and services provided to reduce litter and promote recycling.
  • Enforcement - strengthening the deterrent effect of legislation and improving enforcement processes.

Key areas for action include:

  • Promoting collaborative and co-ordinated action and a platform for sharing good practice
  • Consistent and tailored messaging – link to CTM page
  • Education – development of materials and engaging young people – Link to Young Scot report
  • Exploring options for local community preventative action – Link to community options report
  • Support for Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Clean Up Scotland initiative – Link to CUS pages/toolkit
  • A pilot incentivised scheme
  • Increasing opportunities recycle in public places – Link to RoTG pages
  • Support innovation in product design to reduce potential for items to become litter and encourage the use of reusable and recyclable packaging
  • Support stakeholders to improve service design
  • Review of the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse  - Link to CoPLAR page
  • Support stakeholders to develop actions plans – Link to LAP page
  • Develop and publish a range of guidance to support stakeholders
  • Support innovative interventions – Link to case studies
  • Improve data on litter and flytipping to quantify the scale of the problem and target action – Link to FlyMapper
  • Commission research to better understand public perceptions of litter and flytipping – Link to perception report
  • Review of existing enforcement measures and processes
  • Increase the value of fixed penalty notices
  • Test new enforcement powers for other public bodies

The role of Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is convening action with our partners and stakeholders to deliver a number of actions in the strategy through a range of measures. 

For more information please contact the Litter and Flytipping Team

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