Marine litter policy in Scotland
The Scottish Government launched Scotland’s first Marine Litter Strategy in 2014. The Strategy aims to reduce litter entering the sea and recognises that any marine litter, including plastics, poses a potential risk to the environment, economy and society.
The Firth of Clyde Forum published a report in 2012 as the first step in developing a marine litter strategy for the Firth of Clyde – Step 1: Defining the status quo. This provides a background to litter cleaning activities currently taking place in the Firth of Clyde and data to show the types and volume of litter found. In 2012 the Forum also worked with Local Authorities, the Marine Conservation Society, Keep Scotland Beautiful and GRAB to develop Coastal Litter Management Guidelines for Duty Bodies.