MSP seeks debate on litter

ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey is aiming to secure a Members Debate on the perennial problem of littering Scotland.

Mr Dey recently addressed the issue with Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, when he visited Arbroath.

He has also managed to garner cross-party support for his Parliamentary Motion which will highlight the success of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ‘2012 Spring Clean’.

This cross-party support makes the motion now eligible for a Members Business Debate at Holyrood and Mr Dey is hopeful it will be selected after the summer recess ends in September.

The local MSP said: “Littering is a major issue the length and breadth of Scotland. I took part in the local litter pick organised by Colliston Primary School – under the Keep Scotland Beautiful Spring Clean – earlier this year, and was appalled by the volume and nature of the rubbish which had been dumped around the school property.

“The 2012 campaign was a success both in terms of the number of people who participated and the quantity of litter removed.

“But Keep Scotland Beautiful is aiming to surpass that effort next year.

“My motion highlights its ongoing work in tackling the issue of littering and if I am successful in securing a Members Debate, I am certain there will be MSPs from across the Parliamentary Chamber contributing.”

In his motion, Mr Dey asks the parliament to recognise the efforts of the 2012 National Spring Clean, which was supported by charities, businesses and organisations up and down the country.

Around 120,000 registered to participate, alongside another estimated 100,000 unregistered people.

It is understood to be the largest mass mobilisation for civic purposes in Scotland since the Second World War, and which removed a total of 1,100 tonnes of litter between Shetland and the Borders.

The 2013 clean up is hoped to attract somewhere in the region of one million people, which could potentially remove between 10,000 and 20,000 tonnes of litter.