Industry leaders including Veolia’s Robert Hunt and Adrian Whyle at PlasticsEurope have called for the Government to take action on litter.
In a letter to the Guardian, they state that the UK spends approximately £1bn a year on the problem.
The letter launches the Litter Manifesto, which calls for a national strategy with “teeth” to tackle the growing issue.
It says: “Littering affects us all – making our local spaces dirtier, less welcoming and encouraging antisocial behaviour.
“Reducing litter is fundamentally a question of changing behaviour, and it is up to all of us to take action.
“That is why we are putting our names to a Litter Manifesto committing to make our local spaces cleaner, safer and more inviting.
“Businesses, NGOs and local authorities need to work together to raise litter up the agenda and support innovative schemes nationwide.”
In June, Zero Waste Scotland launched a fund to encourage third sector organisations to support community action against litter. In the same month, campaign group Keep Britain Tidy opened a research centre to help understand the social factors behind littering and the impact of waste on local communities.
The list of signatories includes:
- Philip Law, director general, British Plastics Federation
- Jane Bickerstaffe, director, Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment (Incpen)
- Robert Hunt, chief corporate officer, Veolia
- Adrian Whyle, resource efficiency senior manager, PlasticsEurope
- Trewin Restorick, chief executive, Hubbub UK
- Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive, Keep Britain Tidy
- John Read, director, Clean Up Britain
- Howard Gray, head of sustainability and distribution, McDonald’s Restaurants
- Alex West, senior manager, The Wrigley Company
- Dick Searle, chief executive, Packaging Federation
- Brigid Simmonds, chief executive, Beer and Pub Association
- Gavin Partington, director general, British Soft Drinks Association
- Bridget Jackson, director of corporate sustainability, PwC
- Ian Humphrey, chief executive, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
- Sue Kinsey, senior pollution policy officer, Marine Conservation Society