Consultation on updated marine litter strategy
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the update of the Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland. This consultation proposes new priority actions to tackle marine litter in Scotland, building on the work already conducted through the original strategy.The main purpose of the strategy is to develop current and future measure to prevent litter from entering the maritime and coastal environment and to support litter removal, in order to bring ecological, economic and social benefits.
Proposals include better recycling of fishing equipment and measures to prevent items like wet wipes and sanitary products from entering our seas through the sewage system.
Fishing and aquaculture nets and gear are currently difficult to recycle as these are usually made of multiple materials.
Adopting a circular design, with standardised materials, would make dismantling and recycling easier. This would enable re-use of valuable materials and reduce the amount of waste that could potentially end up in the water.
Actions include improvements to sewage system infrastructure and an awareness campaign to promote behaviour change and highlight inappropriate flushing of sanitary items.
To help curb plastic pellet pollution, the strategy includes the development of a certification scheme for businesses handling plastic pellets, with this work to be undertaken in collaboration with the plastics industry.
Responses will be used to inform the new strategy which will be published in 2022.