We must keep Scotland litter-free

17/10/10, TSPL, Scotsman. SNP conference,  Perth Concert hall, Perth. Richard Lochhead Cabinet Secretary for Enviornment and rural affairs makes his speach.   Pic Ian Rutherford

17/10/10, TSPL, Scotsman. SNP conference, Perth Concert hall, Perth. Richard Lochhead Cabinet Secretary for Enviornment and rural affairs makes his speach. Pic Ian Rutherford

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Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, is asking Review readers to help resolve Scotland’s litter problem.

He says we must all preserve Scotland’s beauty by helping prevent it being blighted by litter and eyesores like flytipping.

By using public recycling and litter bins - or taking your waste home to dispose of - you can make a real difference. There are also initiatives you can get involved with, like ‘People Against Litter’ (http://www.peopleagainstlitter.org/) and ‘Clean Up Scotland’ (http://www.cleanupscotland.com/), where you can sign a pledge or join a local clean-up event.

A national anti-litter strategy is being developed and a summit will be held this year to work with stakeholders to coordinate action.

Thanks to almost £1.8 million invested last year by delivery partner Zero Waste Scotland, more recycling bins are installed in some of Scotland’s busiest public places and communities have received support to tackle litter and flytipping problems.

Items like plastic bottles and cans – those commonly discarded as litter – are valuable materials when recycled.

Mr Lochhead concluded: “This year Scotland celebrates the Year of Natural Scotland, and in 2014 we will host the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup as well as cultural events as part of the Year of Homecoming.

“Together we can really make a difference and show the world how beautiful Scotland is.”