Have your say on litter in Milngavie, Bearsden and beyond

beginning of West Highland Way just before you get to library underpass is full of litter 'Under the Underpass, lots of alcohol bottles'Photo Emma Mitchell'12/1/13
beginning of West Highland Way just before you get to library underpass is full of litter 'Under the Underpass, lots of alcohol bottles'Photo Emma Mitchell'12/1/13

Zero Waste Scotland has launched an online poll to gauge how people, communities and businesses feel about litter.

Run in tandem with the Scottish Government’s consultation on a national litter strategy and building on a hugely successful inaugural Litter Week of Action, the poll has been set up to take a quick ‘snap shot’ of people’s views on litter.

It is supported by an animation showing the cost of litter to Scotland’s economy and the damage it causes.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Our research shows the shocking impact that litter has on Scotland. Over 250 million items of litter are dropped each year, resulting in a direct cost of £53million and indirect costs of £25million.

“Litter has a massive impact on Scotland’s landscapes, wildlife and our communities. At least 50 per cent of litter that is dropped each year could have been recycled.

“Our poll is an easy way for individuals and businesses to tell us what bothers them most about litter, how they think littering should be tackled and how we can persuade litter bugs to bin their behaviour.”

Zero Waste Scotland’s online poll will be live throughout the Scottish Government’s consultation period and results will be made public in late September.