The Scottish Government is set to clamp down on litter ahead of next year’s Commonwealth games.
Speaking at a national summit in Edinburgh, environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said he was considering increasing fixed fines for littering and fly-tipping from their current level of £50.
The Government will begin consultation on its first national litter strategy this summer.
Lochhead (left) told the summit on 20 March: “The strategy we consult on will be a package of measures to encourage people not to litter or fly-tip.
“Litter costs local authorities, transport providers and other businesses millions to clean up – and we all pay for it. We can each take personal responsibility for disposing of waste responsibly and avoid this unnecessary and expensive eyesore.
“I encourage councils and the police to use their existing powers to issue litter and flytipping FPNs and I will consult on whether it would be helpful if the level was raised from £50. Over the next few months we will work with local authorities and others to identify what the consultation should propose.”
Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, added: “It’s important that there is active engagement by everyone who has a role to play in tackling litter. Through its work on recycling and resource management, the Zero Waste Scotland programme is looking at why people litter and what more could be done to prevent this.
“The forthcoming national strategy will be a new opportunity to address litter in a variety of ways and the delivery of Zero Waste Scotland will continue to be central to the recommendations to come.”
Most littering incidents are dealt with through fixed penalties. But offenders can face a fine of up to £2,500 for dropping litter and up to £40,000 (and/or 12 months imprisonment) for flytipping if convicted by a court.