The Scottish Government has launched Scotland’s first marine litter strategy which seeks to maximise opportunities and minimise threats in addressing the levels of litter along our coasts.
Costing Scotland £16.8 million every year, marine litter impacts on our environment, wildlife, industry and tourism. A Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland details the scale of the problem and almost 40 new actions to minimise coastal and marine litter.
The strategy includes aims to: improve public and business attitudes and behaviours around marine and coastal litter; reduce marine and coastal based sources of litter; contribute to a low carbon economy by treating ‘waste as a resource’.
MSP Michael Russell said: “I welcome this new strategy from the Scottish Government which seeks to eradicate the blight of litter along our coast.
“Argyll and Bute welcomes thousands of tourists each year – drawn to the scenery and unspoilt beauty of our coastlines - it is important that we work together to keep them tidy. This strategy will raise awareness and facilitate the change needed to tackle marine litter.”