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MSP welcomes plan to tackle coastal and marine litter

The Scottish Government has launched Scotlands first marine litter strategy to address the problem of rubbish along the countrys coastline.

The Scottish Government has launched Scotlands first marine litter strategy to address the problem of rubbish along the countrys coastline.

 

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.”

 

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