While lockdown has given some of us a new appreciation for nature and our outdoor spaces, it seems that for others this hasn’t been the case. Or at least that’s the impression you get from seeing the volume of litter being left in beauty spots around the UK.
In recent weeks, many towns and regions have been introducing campaigns to encourage people to take their litter home with them, or at the very least put it in a bin.
For example, Bracknell News reported that Bracknell Forest Council has introduced anti-littering posters with the slogan ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ on them. Many believe the shock tactics are a good idea, because this will make people notice the posters and think twice before littering.
Bracknell isn’t the only location that has taken this approach with its anti-littering campaign. Grampian Online reported that Aberdeenshire Council has used the same slogan for its new anti-littering campaign, combining this with artwork produced by a local artist.
The council plans to display the posters around parks and open spaces to encourage more people to take their litter home with them. This activity supports Zero Waste Scotland’s national campaign to prevent litter, which has been launched in partnership with the Scottish Government and Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Councillor John Cox, vice-chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, told the news provider that the posters are “a positive step towards highlighting this issue”.
“Regrettably, litter is an ongoing problem in Aberdeenshire. In good weather, this problem escalates with many more people out and about,” he added.
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