People in Renfrewshire are invited to attend a paid online workshop to learn more about littering issues.

Environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is offering £35 to people who attend the two-hour workshop on 21 February at Renfrewshire Council Headquarters, as part of their commitment to the government’s National Litter and Flytipping Strategy.

Eighty-two per cent of those who responded to the consultation on the new strategy shared a strong appetite for the establishment of a community education programme.

In response to this, as part of the Year 1 Action Plan, Keep Scotland Beautiful is hosting these workshops which will cover the litter emergency in Scotland and plan a first step to tackle litter in the community. These workshops will also shape how future workshops may look like.

The Renfrewshire workshop is one of five planned across Scotland throughout February and follows the publication of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Scottish Litter Survey, which found that 90% of people agree that litter is a problem across the country.

The report also found that 70% of people believe that litter is a problem locally.

These Community Litter Workshops will explore why litter is a hard problem to fix; the scale of the problem; the wider impacts of the problem; and ways to consider changing the behaviours that are leading to the litter emergency.

Participants will be encouraged to think positively and consider a first step they can plan personally, locally and, where relevant, as part of their workplace to help change behaviours.  There will also be plenty of opportunities for participants to share their views, so that future workshops can be designed to be as practical as possible.

Barry Fisher, Chief Executive at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:  “We are delighted to deliver these workshops as part of our commitment to tackling litter and waste, and developing and delivering actions from the National Litter and Flytipping Strategy’s Year 1 Action Plan.

“Scotland is facing a litter emergency, as our data clearly shows. However, we know that 85% of people want to see more efforts to prevent litter in their area so we are determined to respond to this strong desire for change.

“I encourage everyone to register for these workshops as you will not only help us tackle litter at local and national levels, but also help us improve these workshops for future events.”

The Community Litter Workshop will take place on 21 February. There are also workshops in Aberdeen City, Dumfries and Galloway and North Lanarkshire, as well as a national workshop at the end of February.

Places for these events are limited. To see all available dates and register to attend please visit Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Eventbrite here:

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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