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CIWM to advise on litter

Membership of the Government’s new Litter Strategy Advisory group has been announced by resources minister Rory Stewart in a written Parliamentary answer.

Those involved include the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Local Government Association, Keep Britain Tidy, McDonalds and Bradford University (full list below). The Hubbub group, which has trialled interactive ways of engaging with people not to litter (pictured), has also been recruited.

Stewart was asked by Conservative MP John Stevenson whether the Tobacco Manufacturers Association, Wine and Spirits Association, Scottish Whisky Association, British Food and Drinks Federation and British Soft Drinks Association had been asked to join the group.

The minister’s reply indicated they had not, but he said that input on developing a strategy would go beyond the advisory group.

“We will seek the views of, among others, representatives from local government, campaign groups and independent experts, as well as voices from the packaging and fast-food industries.

”As part of this process, we will also establish a number of working groups on specific issues such as roadside litter, data and monitoring and enforcement,” he wrote.

In December, when the move was announced, Defra said: ”We will seek to work with local government and relevant stakeholders to develop a National Litter Strategy, which clarifies the contributions that different sectors can make to tackling litter and to set the context for ongoing anti-litter activity.”  

Meanwhile, the BBC has reported that Instagram has ordered the owner of a British anti-litter app to change its name. Littergram invites people to share pictures of rubbish and report the location to their council.

Lawyers for the US photo-sharing giant said the name was “not acceptable”.

Members of the strategy group:

Local Government Association, London Councils, Highways England and Connect Plus, Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment, Foodservice Packaging Association, Packaging and Films, Association, British Retail Consortium, Wrigley, McDonalds, Keep Britain Tidy, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, Hubbub, Clean Up Britain, Marine Conversation Society, Clean-up UK, CIWM and Bradford University.

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