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The National Litter and Flytipping Strategy for Scotland

This consultation closed on 31 March 2022

Every year, 250 million easily visible items are dropped as litter, and 26,000 tonnes of materials are flytipped, with millions of pounds of public money being spent to clean up.  

Litter and Flytipping in Scotland

Recent research tells us that 88% of Scots agree that litter is a problem across Scotland, and 70% are concerned about the problem in their area.

In 2014, Scotland’s first National Litter strategy was launched, a review of which was published in 2021. The review identified key successes of the strategy and highlighted that progress has been made. However, it also recognised that litter and flytipping are deep-rooted problems, continuing to pose a significant challenge across Scotland.   

How do we stop this?

In March 2021, the Scottish Government committed to developing a new National Litter and Flytipping Strategy which will treat litter and flytipping as two separate issues of equal importance and will set out to identify coordinated and collaborative action to tackle each.

A fifteen-week public consultation launched on 13th December 2021.

This is an opportunity for stakeholders including landowners, business,organisations and individuals like you to have your say on litter and flytipping in Scotland.

Your voice will help to shape the new strategy, which is expected to launch in 2022.

Engage with the consultation 

The public consultation is looking to seek views on the following key themes for both litter and flytipping:

  • Behaviour Change
  • Services and Infrastructure
  • Enforcement

How can I have my say?

Complete the formal consultation response and ensure your voice is heard.    

Join the conversation

You can join in the conversation with Zero Waste Scotland on social media via TwitterFacebook and Instagram, using the hashtags #YourSayOnLitter and #YourSayOnFlytipping.   

Use these channels to ask your questions and download our social media toolkit with suggested social media posts to share content and let others know about their chance to shape the National Litter and FlytippingStrategy for Scotland.

Join a live webinar

Zero Waste Scotland will be hosting two live webinars, in partnership with the Scottish Government, Keep Scotland Beautiful and SEPA.

These webinars are open to everyone, and will give you an opportunity to learn more, ask questions and share your views.

Find out more about our upcoming webinars.


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