The research found that the amount of litter dropped costs £53m to clear up, and a further £25m through its effect on a range of related issues including crime, health and reduced property values
The research also found that 250m individual items of litter are cleared up each year, of which half could have been recycled – items include plastic bottles and aluminium cans, which if recycled, would be worth £1.2m through sale of the materials.
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland – “Littered materials could be worth more than £m to Scotland if they were recycled instead. We need to stop thinking of the things we discard as waste and instead treat them as resources”
The research also stateds that 26,000 tonnes of waste is also dumped illegally in fly tipping activity.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead unveiled a new consultation that outlines a series of actions to tackle the problem of litter head on.
“Towards a Litter Free Scotland” consultation runs until 27 September and the Scottish Government intends to bring forward a final National Litter Strategy – the first since devolution – early in 2014.
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We welcome this consultation bringing a renewed impetus to efforts to tackle litter and flytipping. We particularly welcome the focus on litter prevention given the cost of clean-up to the public purse.
“Littered materials could be worth more than £1m to Scotland if they were recycled instead. We need to stop thinking of the things we discard as waste and instead treat them as resources which could benefit our economy and this can bring a new perspective to the litter debate.”
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