Zero Waste Scotland is seeking new, innovative ideas to help prevent and tackle the impact of litter and fly-tipping across Scotland with the launch of three calls for projects.
The three programmes – Infrastructure and Enforcement; Innovation; and Product and Service Development – aim to encourage creative, workable solutions to tackling Scotland’s long-standing litter problem.
Ideas could include incentives to encourage more community clean-ups; redesign of products and services to reduce some of Scotland’s most commonly-littered items, such as increasing use of electronic receipts or reusable coffee cups or redesigning waste/recycling services to prevent accidental litter, blown by the wind.
The funding is part of the delivery for the Scottish Government’s ambitious national litter strategy, Towards a Litter-Free Scotland, launched last month by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, and supported by Zero Waste Scotland.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Litter impacts public health and the environment, and costs Scotland at least £53m each year to tackle – public money that could be better spent on other things. It is unsightly and expensive – that’s why the Scottish Government is taking the initiative with the country’s first litter strategy, which aims to tackle this problem comprehensively and creatively.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead – “Litter impacts public health and the environment, and costs Scotland at least £53m each year to tackle – public money that could be better spent on other things. It is unsightly and expensive – that’s why the Scottish Government is taking the initiative with the country’s first litter strategy, which aims to tackle this problem comprehensively and creatively”
“I’m very pleased to announce the launch of these three funds seeking new and innovative ideas to both prevent and also tackle the damaging impact of litter and flytipping in Scotland. I hope they prove to be an excellent incentive and spur on businesses, individuals and community groups to seize the opportunity to make Scotland a greener, cleaner place.”
Iain Gulland, director, Zero Waste Scotland said: “These funds are an important part of the Scottish Government’s litter strategy which Zero Waste Scotland is driving delivery of. Tackling such a serious and engrained problem as litter and flytipping needs creative thinking and partnership working.
“We know many people want to help tackle this problem in Scotland. That’s why we would like to encourage bids from our full range of stakeholders, from private business to local authorities, and to third sector organisations, and we will consider all workable ideas, either new, or tried-and-tested. These could include a communications plan, a new product, a new system, a new method of community engagement, or a new innovative solution.
“I would urge any individual, group or agency with a plan or an idea which fits the criteria to get in touch to find out if we can help make it happen.”
Ideas or plans are being invited for bids under the following funds:
The Infrastructure and Enforcement Fund will help improve current systems and pilot new ideas. These will help to remove barriers to responsible disposal of waste and strengthen enforcement to reduce the impact of litter and flytipping on Scotland’s environment. Projects could include:
- Installation of Recycle on the Go Facilities in busy areas
- Improvements to existing Recycle on The Go facilities
- New ways to prevent accidental and wind-blown litter
- New approaches to enforcement to deter littering
The Innovation Fund will help fund and test creative initiatives around behaviour change and prevention. These could include:
- Ideas to tackle specific types of litter – for example smoking-related litter and chewing gum
- Trialling of a range of “nudges” such as promoting the prominence of litter and Recycling on The Go bins
- Boosting clean-up activity in communities
The Product and Service Development Fund Will encourage product or service changes, such as:
- Ideas that reduce packaging or prevent the most-commonly littered items
- Purchase reusable coffee cups for a group of business in a local area to reduce the number of disposable cups
- Incorporating anti-litter messaging onto product labelling