Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has given his backing to environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and the national campaign to clean up Scotland’s roadsides.  With 88% of Scottish adults agreeing that roadside litter creates a negative impression of Scotland, the campaign aims to tackle the behaviour which is ruining the view for visitors and domestic road users alike.

Recent litter monitoring by the charity has revealed that over 96% of Scotland’s main roads and iconic routes are affected by litter.  In addition, during 2016, 52% of Scottish adults have seen someone throw litter from a vehicle and not pick it up. The campaign is urging road users to take personal responsibility for their litter, encouraging them to give their litter a lift, and take it home.

Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East said:

“Litter is an issue which affects us all. Whether on our streets in our communities, along our coastline and part of our beaches, or in rural areas, we have all come across unsightly litter across the country. There can be no excuse for dropping litter, and it is the responsibility of us all to ensure we are not leaving it up to someone else to clean up behind us. We should all play our part in making sure that Scotland is kept as beautiful as possible.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“As a direct response to our country’s roadside litter problem, we have launched this campaign with a wide range of stakeholders including industry, the public sector and charities, and we are very grateful for Angus’ support.  We recognise that to tackle this disgusting and illegal habit, we all need to work in partnership, to raise awareness of the problem of throwing litter from a vehicle, and to trial innovative solutions to change current littering behaviours.

“The message is simple - give your litter a lift, take it home!”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:

“VisitScotland aims to make Scotland a sustainable destination through promoting environmental accreditation and practices to all tourism businesses. We welcome the launch of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s new campaign to cut down the amount of litter on our roadsides and to help ensure that this country remains a hugely attractive destination to visitors from all over the world.”

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