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Initiatives

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KIMO (Kommunenes Internasjonale Miljorganisasjon) is an international association of Local Authorities, which was founded in Esbjerg, Denmark, in August 1990 to work towards cleaning up pollution from the Northern Seas. The Scottish Government has provided support for KIMO's Fishing for Litter initiative which aims to encourage fishermen to remove marine litter from the sea and to ensure its safe disposal.

The Scottish Government currently also provides funding through Zero Waste Scotland for the independent environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) to support local authorities in their role tackling litter in public places. KSB also administers the Seaside Awards and Blue Flag programme.

The Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (COPLAR) provides practical guidance on the discharge of duties imposed by The Environmental Protection Act 1990 to keep land, including beaches, clear of litter and refuse. An updated Scottish COPLAR was published by Scottish Ministers in 2006.

The Scottish Government consulted on a draft Zero Waste Plan in late 2009, which included a draft Offshore Waste Management Plan. The Scottish Government published its final Zero Waste plan for Scotland in June 2010. The Zero Waste Plan sets a direction towards a Scotland where all waste is seen as a resource which has value which can be captured and reused or recycled.

The Scottish Government is currently developing Scotland's first national litter strategy and hosted a summit in March 2013 to bring together organisations with responsibilities for tackling litter to help identify priority actions.

More information regarding what is being done to tackle litter on land is also available online.

Contact:
Environmental Quality Division
Zero Waste Delivery Team
Area 1-H North
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
 

The Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008 require action to be taken where polluting materials are found in the water at designated bathing waters. Find more information on Scotland's bathing waters.

Contact:
Water, Air, Soils and Flooding Division
Area 1-H North
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ