Zero Waste Scotland launches litter poll

Zero Waste Scotland has launched an online poll to gauge how Scottish people, communities and businesses feel about litter.

26 Aug 13

Run in tandem with the Scottish Government’s consultation on a national litter strategy and building on a hugely successful inaugural Litter Week of Action, the poll has been set up to take a quick ‘snap shot’ of people’s views on litter. It is supported by an animation showing the cost of litter to Scotland’s economy and the damage it causes. 

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Our research shows the shocking impact that litter has on Scotland. Over 250 million items of litter are dropped each year, resulting in a direct cost of £53million and indirect costs of £25million.

“Litter has a massive impact on Scotland’s landscapes, wildlife and our communities. At least 50% of litter that is dropped each year could have been recycled.

 “We had a great response to our first Litter Week of Action last week.  Now we want to capitalise on that heightened interest in the issues by taking part in our poll and considering responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation.  Our poll is an easy way for individuals and businesses to tell us what bothers them most about litter, how they think littering should be tackled and how we can persuade litter bugs to bin their behaviour.”

The launch of the poll follows last week’s Litter Week of Action, which saw over 40 organisations lend their support to a clamp down on litter on Scotland’s roads.  Actions across the country included:

  • Scotland TranServ, Transport Scotland and Bear Scotland Ltd coming together with Glasgow City Council to raise awareness of the volume of litter dumped and the cost to economy of cleaning up;
  • the promotion of the Week in all 84 of VisitScotland’s visitors centres across the country;
  • Traffic Scotland, ScotRail and local authorities using public messages and display signs, and businesses such as small group tour company Rabbie’s Trail Burners and McDonalds encouraging litter picks and spreading the word.

Zero Waste Scotland’s online poll will be live throughout the Scottish Government’s consultation period and results will be made public in late September.

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