Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) has launched a fund to encourage third sector organisations to support community action against litter.
The litter prevention capital grant programme has been designed to reduce reliance on constant clean-ups across the country.
The programme includes volunteers carrying out data collection and monitoring as well as:
- Community campaigns to raise awareness of local litter and encourage behaviour change
- Incentives to motivate local communities, such as access to social activities or opportunities to learn new skills
- Re-purposing sites for community use as green spaces
- Wider community building to develop a sense of civic pride leading to litter prevention
More information on the types of project being considered can be found in ZWS’s litter prevention community engagement options paper.
Chief executive Iain Gulland (left) said: “This new fund will help third sector organisations to prevent litter and change behaviour within communities, building on our recent research which revealed that people are more upset by litter when it has been left on their doorstep.
“As well as the obvious costs of cleaning, education and enforcement, litter and flytipping have indirect costs of more than £25m a year, for example impacts on mental health and neighbourhood safety. By tackling the problem at its origin, we can help to make Scotland’s communities safer and more pleasant places to live.
“We are working to shift the emphasis of anti-litter initiatives from cleaning up what is dropped in public areas to preventing people from littering in the first place in line with the national strategy, ‘Towards a Litter Free Scotland’.”
Third sector organisations can apply to the fund until 31 July.