Help us pick up your views on litter

Published: Monday 2 August 2021

Photo shows Councillor John Anderson in front of a bin lorry at the launch of the council's anti-littering campaign

The council is developing a comprehensive five-year Litter Strategy… and we need your help to do it. 

A short survey, launched today, hopes to capture the views, ideas and issues experienced by communities across South Lanarkshire.

The consultation document also lays out the aim to develop a range of plans, policies and initiatives, all designed to drive our commitment to preventing wide ranging litter issues including:

  • Litter Prevention 
  • Dog Fouling 
  • Fly Tipping 
  • Graffiti 

We want to hear the views of the people who live here so that we can be sure our objectives reflect and meet your needs and priorities. The results will directly influence the council's proposed Litter Strategy 2022-27, as agreed by the Climate Change and Sustainability committee earlier this year.

In short, the strategy wants to focus on a number of areas that cause most concern, and most affect quality of life in communities across South Lanarkshire. Not only will it define the council’s future approach to addressing a range of litter concerns, it will also build on, and adapt, strategies already in place.

Over the last year these have included targeted clean-ups of verges around rural roads, mapping of the litter bin infrastructure, and a new campaign urging users of our open spaces not to be an ‘eejit’  but to bin their litter or take it home.

Councillor John Anderson, Chair of the Community and Enterprise Resources committee, helped launch the campaign, and is committed to putting the issue firmly on the council’s agenda.

He said: “What I am most pleased about with this wide-ranging proposal for the next five years is that it will require each part of the council to be involved - to enforce, educate or inform. Not only that, but we commit to working across a range of sectors, and with partners such as Zero Waste Scotland, and Keep Scotland Beautiful, to make sure our efforts are as appropriate, targeted and successful as they can be.

“And, with this consultation process, we can also hear first-hand what really matters to those who live here. I know what a scourge litter is, whether that’s dog-fouling on our streets, littering in our parks, roads and open spaces, or the illegal dumping and fly-tipping of huge amounts of waste in our communities.

“That’s why it’s more important than ever to let us know what you think about our plans to tackle the issue. Tell us what matters most to you, where our priorities should be, and we will do our very best to put our focus where it will really make a difference.

“I would urge as many people as possible to complete this short survey and help us to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

According to a recent Keep Scotland Beautiful report, 250 million items of litter are discarded across Scotland every year, that’s 50 pieces of litter each at a cost of £20 per council taxpayer – or £46m per year to local authorities. What’s more £1.2m worth of items are discarded each year that could have been recycled.

Concluded Councillor Anderson: “Research further shows us that streets and open spaces strewn with litter can contribute to increased crime rates and even mental illness. Even more worryingly, broken glass, rusty cans and lit cigarettes left lying around can cost people and animals their health – and in extreme cases, their lives.

“Littering is a form of anti-social behaviour that affects each of us, and it is our intention, with the help and engagement of those who live here, to tackle the issue and those who create it, head on.” 

The survey is open from today (August 2) until the end of the month.

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