Anti-litter MSP Michael Russell has today warmly welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement to create cleaner communities and coastlines by tackling land and marine litter and to end Scotland’s litter blight.
The linked consultation action plan will target; better education and improved communications, increased fixed penalties, more accessible recycling opportunities and a focus on maritime litter awareness.
Mr Russell, who represents Argyll and Bute, said: ‘I have been encouraging the Scottish Government to take action to cut litter so am absolutely delighted that in the Year of Natural Scotland the Scottish Government is teaming up with Zero Waste Scotland to combat litter.
‘Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world but litter blights our communities, inland Lochs and coastlines – and this has to be stopped.
‘Argyll and Bute has a unique relationship with the sea and is has a wonderful coastline greater than that of France, so a focus on the keeping our beaches and waters clean will work in synergy with the efforts to clean up our towns and rural land.
‘Putting rubbish where it belongs – in the recycling bins or in the waste bin – is very easy to do, but still half the population admits to littering.
‘Combatting litter which affects our environment, wildlife, industry and tourism is good news for absolutely everyone and I have no doubt we can make Scotland an even more beautiful place to live, work and visit.’