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Roadside litter is a blight on Clydesdale's country roads as well as motorways

Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell has welcomed an announcement of tougher action on littering from vehicles.

With 1,300 bags – nearly 7 tonnes – of rubbish gathered from the sides of the M8 and M9 alone each month, the Scottish Government is to take action as soon as possible under the National Litter Strategy.

“Litter thrown from vehicles is blighting our lovely countryside,” said Aileen. “Unfortunately, there is also plenty of it at the side of the M74 which brings tourists up into Scotland, and I’m noticing a growing problem on smaller country roads here in Clydesdale.

“It gives visitors a poor impression of our area.

“It is hard to understand why drivers or passengers choose to throw litter out of the car window rather than finding a bin later,” she said.

“Lifting this rubbish puts the clean-up squads working next to fast-moving traffic on motorways or winding rural roads in danger, so it is a welcomed initiative from the Scottish Government that I hope will encourage folk to stop littering and lead to a visible difference on our roads.”

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham is bringing forward the new legislation as part of a future Circular Economy Bill, making it an offence to litter from vehicles. The Scottish Government’s Deposit Return Scheme should also encourage further recyling.

 

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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