Government Urged To Deliver National Litter Action Plan

Litter StrategyMajor national litter groups and business organisations have made a joint plea to Government to take a firm lead on litter. 

In a letter to the Secretaries of State and Ministers at Defra and the DCLG – including Liz Truss and Rory Stewart – the 23 signatories have urged Government to form an Advisory Committee on Litter in order to deliver a National Litter Action Plan to eliminate all litter.

The signatories listed below already have a draft paper that could inform the development of the National Litter Action Plan.

The Advisory Committee will create a single channel to focus resources and will provide advice and expertise to Government Departments and local authorities.

Jane Bickerstaffe, director of INCPEN – “There are lots of excellent anti-litter initiatives but no coordinated long term programme and litter is getting worse so Government needs to take a lead and ensure everyone works together”

It also aims to enable all parties to work together, encourage a more consistent message on littering and will also demonstrate Government commitment to reducing all litter.

As stated in the letter: “The formation of an Advisory Committee is an unparalleled opportunity to take a major step to reduce the societal impact of all litter.

“Without such Government leadership, efforts to deal with littering will continue to be fragmented and so less effective in delivering significant reductions in littering and in the costs of dealing with it”.

Trewin Restorick CEO of Hubbub said: “Getting rid of litter on our streets requires concerted effort from all sections of society which is why Hubbub has lead efforts to bring a wide range of organisations together who are committed to solving the problem. All of us are now asking government to add their commitment.”

Jane Bickerstaffe, director of INCPEN, the Industry Council for research on Packaging & the Environment said: “There are lots of excellent anti-litter initiatives but no coordinated long term programme and litter is getting worse so Government needs to take a lead and ensure everyone works together.

“INCPEN members, like the rest of society, want a clean, safe environment and will work with others to promote a national plan”.

Scotland published its first national litter strategy in June last year, stating that littering and flytipping cost the country at least £53m of public money.

CIWM’s Steve Lee added: “Litter is a perennial problem. Despite years of effort by a range of organisations, it remains a significant local environmental quality challenge. We must work harder and smarter together to tackle this issue and Government has an important role to play in providing leadership and co-ordination to help this happen.”

For the full letter CLICK HERE 

Signatories

  • British Beer & Pub Association
  • British Soft Drinks Association
  • British Plastics Federation
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
  • Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
  • Clean Up Britain (CLUB)
  • CleanupUK
  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Costa Coffee
  • Foodservice Packaging Association
  • Hubbub
  • INCPEN (The Industry Council for research on Packaging & the Environment)
  • Keep Britain Tidy
  • Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
  • Call for Advisory Committee for Litter – Media Release 2
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Lucozade Ribena Suntory
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • McDonald’s Restaurants
  • Packaging Federation
  • PAFA (Packaging and Films Association)
  • PlasticsEurope
  • Pret A Manger
  • Tobacco Manufacturers Association
  • Vacherin
  • Veolia

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