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Keep Scotland Beautiful have published a report showing that Scotland’s local environmental quality is deteriorating and that it is at a 10 year all time low.

The Local Environmental Quality in Decline report confirms that there has been a marked increase in the presence of litter, flytipping and graffiti in communities across the Scotland, and an overall decline in local environmental quality.

Poor local environmental quality is having a negative impact every day on the lives of over one million people living in Scotland. Local environmental quality is declining more severely and at a faster rate in our most deprived communities. And for those that perceive their local environment to be poor are more likely to report poorer physical and mental health.

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Zero Waste Scotland are rolling out a new litter and flytipping prevention initiative across Scotland to help organisations and communities in Scotland reduce costs and create a safer, cleaner environment for all.

Organisations from a wide range of sectors and industries are being encouraged to produce Litter Prevention Action Plans which will then feed into the development of Community Litter Prevention Action Plans covering each Local Authority area.

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Zero Waste Scotland has produced a guide of ideas to tackle littering that go beyond picking it up. Litter-picking tackles the symptoms of the litter problem without tracing it back to the source. No sooner have you finished tidying up, than the problem rears its ugly head again

This guide will show you how to go further. How to channel the enthusiasm from previous litter picks – inspiring communities to prevent litter in the first place.

From surprising techniques taken from behavioural science, to a targeted messaging toolkit, this guide will help you address Scotland’s litter problem in innovative ways — ways that deliver for the long term.

They’ve included lots of inspirational examples from across the UK and beyond. You’ll find more detailed case studies of selected examples at the end of this guide. Download the guide here: ZWS guide booklet_Beyond_Litter_pick_AW2

bankhead_litter_poster_croppedSean Hughes, a P7/6 pupil at Bankhead Primary School, has won £600 worth of prizes in an anti-litter poster competition.

Sean bagged the prize for his school after designing the winning entry in the competition run by city’s Environmental Task Force. He will now see his poster emblazoned on a banner to be erected at the Knightswood school urging people to take pride in their community and to bin their rubbish.

The school has also won two planters made from recycled wood by Community Safety Glasgow as well as a fantastic Handicart and litter picking kit donated by Helping Hand Environmental.

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Cllr Lesley Hinds and Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham beside 'smart bin'

Cllr Lesley Hinds and Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham beside ‘smart bin’

In the coming months the Scottish Government will introduce new statutory litter guidance which will encourage duty holders to attach greater priority to preventing litter from arising in the first place, aiming to reduce the amount of resources being spent on cleaning up other people’s mess.

With over £1 million spent tackling litter every single week across Scotland, the Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham is enabling local authorities and other public bodies to take action on prevention.

She signalled her commitment to revising the Code of Practice for Litter and Refuse (COPLAR) while visiting Edinburgh City Council’s innovative ‘smart bin’ scheme which uses smart technology to ensure collection crews always empty bins before they reach capacity.

She said:

“Public bodies across Scotland spend a huge amount of money on tackling litter and flytipping – funds which could be better spent on other services. The aim of our national litter strategy Towards a Litter-free Scotland is to drive a fundamental change in how councils and others deal with the litter problem. It’s about refocusing efforts on stopping littering behaviour in the first place, because prevention is always better than cure.”

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fovp_cleanup_poster_22oct16Friends of Victoria Park are looking for help with their autumn clear up. The event will take place from 10am to midday on Saturday 22 October 2016.

They will be picking litter and weeding in the park. Please bring your own tools, gloves and sturdy footwear. All the litter picking equipment will be provided.

If you are interested in attending or want to find out more then please contact Friends of Victoria Park at fovpglasgow@gmail.com.

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KSB_LitterPickPlus_imageThe Clean Up Scotland campaign has recently launched the new Litter Pick Plus toolkit which is now available to download.

Litter Pick Plus is a new innovation which looks at all of the additional factors that link together to make an area clean and green.  By going beyond normal Clean Ups and continuing to look after the area once it has been cleaned, we want to focus on preventing litter in the first place.

The new toolkit pulls together lots of suggestions on how to Take Action, Communicate and Campaign to get the most out of your community Clean Ups.

http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/local-environmental-quality/clean-up-scotland/get-involved/litter-pick-plus/

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