Scottish-led summit exposes the £10bn cost of Europe’s litter problem – Zero Waste Scotland comment

Zero Waste Scotland, the resource efficiency body responsible for reducing the impact of litter in Scotland, commented on a figure released by Keep Scotland Beautiful, released today (Wednesday 10th December), that the Clean Europe network puts the cost of litter at £10bn across the EU.

10 Dec 14

It comes ahead of the Stop Litter now! summit being held in Brussels, which will hear of the success of the Clean Up Scotland Campaign which is funded by Zero Waste Scotland and delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Zero Waste Scotland is leading Scotland’s first-ever litter strategy, Towards a Litter-Free Scotland, which shows Scotland is taking the initiative in tackling the litter issue which has a Europe-wide impact.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“£10bn is a shocking figure that shows litter is a huge problem across the whole of Europe, not just Scotland. Our research has identified that litter costs Scotland at least £78 million a year, including the direct costs of litter clearance, communications and enforcement, as well as wider costs associated with impacts on health and wellbeing, crime, wildlife and our environment.

“There’s a lot we can do in Scotland to tackle the problem, driven by the Scottish Government’s litter strategy. As well as clean-up activities, Zero Waste Scotland is funding innovative solutions to preventing litter, designing out unnecessary packaging, incentive schemes for communities and imaginative communications to get people to think again about dropping litter, which blights many communities across the country. 

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