Litter ‘scarring the North East’

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New research by Clean Up Scotland has shown the extent of the littering problem that is affecting the North East.Clean Up Scotland, the national campaign against litter and mess run by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, has said the released research reveals the extent of the litter problem scarring the North East.

The campaign commissioned YouGov research which showed that 71% of people living in the North East have seen litter dropped, either accidentally or on purpose, in the past three months.

Commenting on the poll findings, Jeremy Purvis, Campaign Director of Clean Up Scotland, said:

“These shocking results expose in full the litter epidemic which we face in the North East.

“Nearly three-quarters of people here are seeing litter being dropped.

“Litter has a damaging effect on the North East, not just in terms of its visual beauty but socially and financially.

“Litter costs Scottish local authorities an estimated £78m a year to clean. That’s the taxes of the very people who’re dropping it in the first place, but it also wastes the money of the responsible people who never pollute their streets.

“If ever there was a time when such council money could be spent on other valuable services, this is it.

“The people who take the decision to drop litter and pollute their community do a disservice to the north east.

“They let down their communities, waste other people’s money and contribute to what is fast becoming Scotland’s secret disgrace.

“The Clean Up Scotland campaign is taking action and calling for a revolution in Scotland’s attitude and behaviour towards litter, so that dropping litter becomes as socially unacceptable in future as drink-driving is today.”

The Leader spoke to Horizon convenor Rosemary Clark to find out Horizons experience with litter in the area.

Rosemary said: “When Horizon was formed 10 years ago litter was one of our main concerns and it was awful at that time.

“However the battle has not been straightforward and although we find that Stonehaven is not as bad as it was there remains a hard core of people who have very little respect for their community and consistently drop food waste and packaging.

However I would qualify this by keeping it in proportion as a pandemic is an excessive description compared to many other Scottish communities it is minimal and managed fairly effectively by the council, Adopt a Street and Horizon, especially one of our stalwarts, Steven Smith who goes round the town twice daily seven days a week clearing up litter.