Keep Scotland Beautiful has hailed the endorsement of Karl Falkenberg, the European Commission’s director general for the environment, for its Clean Up Scotland Campaign and urges Scotland to make a resolution to take pride in their surroundings.
Mr Falkenberg has picked out Scotland’s anti-litter campaign, as being an example of best practice with lessons for the rest of Europe facing the same litter menace.
Speaking from Brussels Falkenberg said: “We know that litter is a common problem across the EU, and our shared blame for marine litter in the North Sea is something we need to work together to eliminate.
“It is important that we encourage all organisations and institutions to take positive action on littering and we cannot underestimate the importance that local communities can play in helping rid Europe of litter
“The Clean Up Scotland Campaign is a great example of positive action against the litter problem that we can all learn from – I want to congratulate all those who have taken part so far for the difference they have made”
“The Clean Up Scotland Campaign is a great example of positive action against the litter problem that we can all learn from – I want to congratulate all those who have taken part so far for the difference they have made.”
The director-general’s backing comes after the new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, became the 50,000th person to take the Clean Up Scotland pledge and the Keep Scotland Beautiful initiative taking centre stage at a pan-EU anti-litter summit in December.
The endorsement has been welcomed by Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, and President of the Clean Europe Network.
He said: “I’m proud of the way we are starting the fight back against Scotland’s litter problem, and this recognition from across Europe indicates that the impact we are making is being noticed. The Stop Litter Now! Summit was a great opportunity to share best practice with our partner organisations across the continent.
“We have got much to learn from them, but also lot’s to share, with an incredible 500,000 volunteer actions having been recorded during our first two years. These are individuals and groups that have stepped forward to do their bit to clean up in their local communities.
“I’m particularly proud of the way in which we have brought together a national coalition for action against litter – made up of Government, local authorities, major corporates, small businesses, community groups and individuals. When we work together to stop litter, nothing can stop us!”
New Year’s Resolution
Keep Scotland Beautiful has called people all over Scotland are being called upon to take pride in their surroundings and make a New Year resolution pledge to Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Whether it’s drinking less, taking more exercise or losing weight, most of us make resolutions at the start of a brand new year. As we enter 2015, Keep Scotland Beautiful is urging Scots to make a commitment to the environment by not dropping litter and making a pledge to Clean Up Scotland.
If everyone pledged to pick up and bin a piece of litter a day in a bid to keep our streets, parks, beaches, roadsides and empty spaces litter free, the change would be transformational, it says.
Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “2014 was a year of major achievement for Scotland and we look forward to 2015 with a mix of excitement and expectation. Keep Scotland Beautiful would urge people to take pride in Scotland and make a New Year resolution to help make our country even more beautiful.
“Why not go and explore your local environment over the new year holiday. Get out and burn off the calories in one of Scotland’s 59 Green Flag Award parks and green spaces or blow away the cobwebs on one of our 61 award winning beaches. Enjoy their beauty, and help keep them clean by taking a bag with you and picking up what you find.
“If each and every one of us accepted the pledge to not drop litter and to pick up and bin a piece of litter every day in 2015, we could make a positive impact on our quality of life. It’s up to each of us to make a small difference – and just imagine the collective result.”
Waste Regulations: One Year On
On the first anniversary of the introduction of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, Zero Waste Scotland is urging businesses to ensure they are compliant in separating key materials for recycling.
Today also marks one year to go until the requirement to recycle food waste also includes any business which produces more than 5kg of food waste a week – on 1 January 2016 – and Zero Waste Scotland is urging businesses to be prepared for the next phase of requirements.
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into force on 1 January 2014 and requires all businesses and organisations to separate key materials for recycling. This includes food waste for those businesses which produce more than 50kg a week.
Keenan Recycling Ltd, which is based in Turiff, Aberdeenshire, has seen the number of customers double, from 600 to 1,200 since January. The business is now processing an additional 400 tonnes of food waste every month. This additional waste has the potential to generate enough energy to power almost 400 households for a year.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead – “One year on from introduction of our landmark waste regulations, I am delighted that our waste is being increasingly seen as a resource which can bring economic benefit to communities, as well as reducing our environmental impact”
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “One year on from introduction of our landmark waste regulations, I am delighted that our waste is being increasingly seen as a resource which can bring economic benefit to communities, as well as reducing our environmental impact.
“Our regulations channel food waste that would otherwise end up in landfill into the hands of growing companies like Keenan Recycling, who can convert the material into compost, and create jobs in the process.”
Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “Business are already reaping the benefits of the waste regulations, with waste management firms such as Keenan Recycling reporting a boost in business from greater access to food waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.
“Earlier this year we announced the results of an independent survey which showed that 83% of businesses were aware of the regulations, and almost 90% of those were confident that they were compliant.
“There is of course still a challenge for us to reach businesses who could benefit from advice on how they need to implement the regulations. We can help businesses deliver their obligations through our free Resource Efficient Scotland service. I would also urge companies to check if their waste contractor has signed up to the voluntary Resource Sector Commitment.
“By using a contractor which has signed up to the commitment, businesses can be assured that they will be provided with a high quality recycling service which is compliant with the regulations.”