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August 27, 2014

Towards being litter free

Why is it that litter and fly tipping is such scourge in some countries but not in others? Ultimately it has to be something to do with who we think should take responsibility for it.  Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to ensure that a minimum standard of cleanliness is maintained but clearly somewhere along the line too many people have stopped taking any personal responsibility for what they throw away. Community groups are being encouraged to play a bigger part in all of this – there’s even some cash on offer.



Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is looking for community groups to come forward with project ideas to help tackle litter and flytipping.

The Community Action Fund will enable new and innovative projects across Scotland to be delivered by communities.

As part of the delivery of the Scottish Government’s ambitious national litter strategy Towards a Litter-Free Scotland, constituted community groups experiencing persistent problems of littering and flytipping are being encouraged to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000.

The Fund will support community-led activity to tackle litter and flytipping on the ground, to promote increased community ownership of the issues, and raise awareness and stimulate long term public behavioural change.

Examples of the types of projects that would be considered are:

•             community clean-ups and prevention initiatives;

•             localised awareness raising and behaviour change campaigns to reduce some of Scotland’s most commonly littered and flytipped items;

•             adopt-a-street projects;

•             creating deterrents to litter and flytipping;

•             raising awareness of penalties.

If you have a project proposal then please complete our online form. You will be sent an Application Form and FAQ document.

Completed application forms must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 19 September 2014.


To find out whether your project may be eligible please