Article Source: Zero Waste Scotland
First Published: 10 August 2020 12:48
Updated: 10 August 2020 12:55
The campaign calls on everyone to do their part in preventing litter by simply binning their rubbish, or if community bins are full, take it home. We can all enjoy the great outdoors - when we're visiting parks, beaches, or woodlands - and look after our stunning country for ourselves and others.
The campaign can be followed on social media using the hashtag #BinYourLitter and volunteers are encouraged to post their pictures of beautiful scenery in their area, as well as their efforts to keep it tidy.
Barry Fisher, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We welcome this new campaign highlighting the beauty of Scotland and all it has to offer. Litter levels across Scotland are unacceptable, and in many places are getting much worse. Alongside this campaign we will continue to offer support to all those who have already stepped up to tackle this problem in their own communities with litter clean ups and projects to improve and protect the places they care about.”
Top tips to prepare for a daytrip:
• If you know you’re going to be travelling a bit further afield, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you don’t leave any litter behind.
• Keep a bin bag in your car or backpack, so you're always prepared.
• Take your own reusable containers for eating out, to avoid having to dispose of takeaway food packaging.
• Use reusables when out and about including straws, coffee cups, water bottles and cutlery.
• Make sure your litter won't blow away, or get dropped while you're visiting or having a picnic,
• Remember that cigarette butts and fruit peelings become litter when dropped.
• Don't place a disposable barbeque in a bin until it has cooled down completely, make sure it is fully extinguished by using plenty of water or sand.
• Make use of community bins or bring your rubbish home if they are full.
• Recycle your litter when you get home, if you can.
For community groups and other local organisations keen to spread the message, a free downloadable campaign toolkit is available online at www.managingourwaste.scot/litter
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