Draft strategy to tackle litter blight on Scotland's seas announced

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 4 July 2013

Draft strategy to tackle litter blight on Scotland’s seas announced posted: 4th July 2013 MCS today welcomes a new approach to tackling litter in Scotland’s marine environment.

Draft strategy to tackle litter blight on Scotland’s seas announced posted: 4th July 2013 MCS today welcomes a new approach to tackling litter in Scotland’s marine environment. The Scottish Government has announced a draft Marine Litter Strategy which is now open to public comment, and which we hope will help reduce Scotland’s litter blight and protect our environment. Recent research suggests that more than half the population of Scotland admits to dropping litter, which costs ú53 million to tackle, and, in the sea and at the coast, costs over ú16 million a year to deal with. Anne Saunders, MCS Scottish Projects Officer, says “We applaud the approach that the Scottish Government is taking, to tackle the blight of litter pollution that affects land and sea. We have made representations to the Scottish Government over the course of several years, and, although delayed, it is good to see a consultation on the strategy at long last. A strategy is essential to make sure that everyone who has a part to play does tackle the ever-increasing litter problem which affects the environment, wildlife, industry and tourism, and to meet international commitments. We are very pleased that the Scottish Government has taken this bold step toward litter-free seas, setting a good example to the rest of the UK. We want to see a robust strategy that results in the halving of litter on Scotland’s beaches by 2020.” Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead today unveiled two linked consultations, The Draft Scottish Marine Litter Strategy and a ‘Towards a Litter Free Scotland’ draft strategy. Mr Lochhead says “Litter is a blight on Scotland’s communities and coastlines, tarnishing our beautiful landscapes and harming our wildlife and natural assets. For the first time we’re able to put a price on the real cost of littering and with more than 250 million items of litter and over 60,000 flytipping incidents a year, we must all do more to tackle this problem. Much of this litter ends up on Scotland’s coastline which is extremely damaging to our precious marine environment and harmful to our wildlife. It is also a major eyesore, with waste often visible on our beaches and in our waters.” You can have your say on the draft marine litter strategy. We are setting up a simple form-based response, coming soon on this website. You can also correspond directly with Scottish Government via http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultations/Current?rowId=1638#conRow1638 “

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Litter has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%

MCS first launched the Good Beach Guide in 1987 as a book to highlight the woeful state of the UK’s bathing waters

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