27. Nov, 2014

Press release - Innovative Littering project

Funding Announced for Innovative Litter Project in Angus

 An exciting new project to tackle the issue of litter at the West Links area of Arbroath and East Haven has been funded by Zero Waste Scotland’s Litter and Flytipping Innovation Fund.

This new project is aimed at encouraging the whole community to stop littering and will be led by Angus Council’s Pride in Place Group who will work in partnership with the West Links Park Co-ordinator, East Haven Residents Association, the Skate Park Committee, local businesses, volunteers and residents.

The project will run from now until the end of March 2015 over three phases. The first phase will evaluate the amount and types of litter present and explore the attitudes and behaviour to littering of people who use the area, including dog walkers, cyclists, joggers and skate park users. This will provide a baseline against which the success of the project can be measured.

The second phase will involve running a litter prevention campaign focusing on the impact of litter on the local environment, wildlife, community and local businesses. This will also involve the installation of new educational display boards promoting anti-littering behaviour, as well as the strategic positioning of Recycle-on-The-Go bins.

The final phase will involve further litter monitoring to assess the impact of the project.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Chair of the Angus Council Pride in Place Group, said: “We have so much to be proud of with our lively and welcoming towns, our spectacular scenery, our championship golf courses and our unique heritage. Cleaning up costs hundreds of thousands of pounds every year, so we want less mess not more costly clean-up. This campaign will raise the awareness of litter and reduce the cost to the taxpayer and negative impact on the environment and wildlife.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“It’s great to see Angus Council and the local community coming forward with ideas to tackle litter issues, which we know all communities in Scotland face. Two-hundred and fifty million easily visible pieces of litter are dropped each year in Scotland. That’s the scale of the problem and that’s why we are delighted to fund this exciting project in Angus, from the Litter Innovation Fund, and we welcome more such innovative ideas to try and lessen the blight of litter in Scotland.”