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Article Date: 12th February 2016

Amberol - Government Plans a National Litter Strategy for England

National Litter Strategy - Keep Britain Tidy - Litter Bins

Amberol Litter Bin

The Government has announced plans to develop a nationwide strategy across England to deal with the issue of litter. The declaration was made as part of the Government’s response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s recent report on litter and fly-tipping in England.

The move follows the implementation of schemes such as the Zero Waste campaign in Scotland, which takes a strategic approach maintaining and improving the environment. The Scottish government is also considering the introduction of a deposit scheme for bottles and cans as a way of improving recycling rates and reducing litter on the streets and in public areas.

While Keep Britain Tidy has welcomed the announcement, the organisation was critical of the Government’s failure to support the plan with the creation of a national litter survey to help ensure the successful implementation of any forthcoming strategy.

The Select Committee’s report set out a series of recommendations for the Government, one of which was the establishment of a nationwide litter strategy. The Government also agreed with the Committee’s statement that local councils should play a key role in co-ordinating local activity carried out by volunteers and businesses as well as initiatives such as Community Payback Schemes that focus on litter removal. It was suggested that this should run alongside council’s current statutory duties such as street cleansing, providing infrastructure and enforcement.

Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, Allison Ogden-Newton said: "The Government appears to have taken on board calls from Keep Britain Tidy for leadership on the issue of litter. However, without a regular survey of litter around the country, it’s difficult to envisage how we can have an effective litter strategy.

"It is also disappointing to see a continuing emphasis on tackling litter and fly-tipping at a local level without any acknowledgement of the impact of austerity on local authorities’ ability to deal with these issues."

At Amberol, we work with councils and local authorities across the UK to help reduce littering and improve on-the-go recycling rates. Our litter bins can be found in places as diverse as Westminster in central London, and Townhill, a former mining town in central Scotland.

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