MSP backs campaign to tackle roadside litter

Keep Scotland Beautiful'Anti-roadside litter campaign'Pic Peter Devlin
Keep Scotland Beautiful'Anti-roadside litter campaign'Pic Peter Devlin

Graeme Dey, the SNP MSP for Angus South, has given his backing to environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and the national campaign to clean up Scotland’s roadsides. With 88 per cent of Scottish adults agreeing that roadside litter creates a negative impression of Scotland, the campaign aims to tackle the behaviour which is ruining the view for visitors and domestic road users alike.

Recent litter monitoring by the charity has revealed that over 96 per cent of Scotland’s main roads and iconic routes are affected by litter. In addition, during 2016, 52 per cent of Scottish adults have seen someone throw litter from a vehicle and not pick it up. The campaign is urging road users to take personal responsibility for their litter, encouraging them to give their litter a lift, and take it home.

Graeme Dey MSP said: “Littering is unacceptable wherever you are. If you’re travelling, the message is simple-give your litter a lift, take it home and dispose of it appropriately.

“I was pleased to secure a commitment earlier this year from the Scottish Government that measures would be taken to remove barriers to enforcement on this matter.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “As a direct response to our country’s roadside litter problem, we have launched this campaign with a wide range of stakeholders including industry, the public sector and charities, and we are very grateful for Graeme’s support. We recognise that to tackle this disgusting and illegal habit, we all need to work in partnership, to raise awareness of the problem of throwing litter from a vehicle, and to trial innovative solutions to change current littering behaviours.

“The message is simple - give your litter a lift, take it home!”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “VisitScotland aims to make Scotland a sustainable destination through promoting environmental accreditation and practices to all tourism businesses. We welcome the launch of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s new campaign to cut down the amount of litter on our roadsides and to help ensure that this country remains a hugely attractive destination to visitors from all over the world.”