The National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland but unfortunately litter can be a problem blighting some parts of this outstanding landscape, especially during peak periods.
Addressing this issue is one of our key priorities and we have recently appointed a Litter Prevention Manager who will be responsible for developing a National Park-wide litter prevention strategy, working with partners to drive positive change.
Although the National Park Authority is not responsible for collecting much of the litter left in the National Park we are leading a joined-up approach to tackle this issue together. Our new Litter Prevention Manager will play a vital role in helping to work collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the National Park to prevent litter spoiling the natural beauty of the area.
Last year we recruited two new Environment Officers to focus on litter prevention and enforcement at weekends and our Rangers have also been carrying out extra litter picks in key lochshore locations during our busiest times.
But these additional measures will not solve the problem on their own. Preventing litter happening in the first place is where we must put our focus. The only real solution to deliver lasting change is for those responsible for dropping litter to take responsibility for the waste they generate, then to dispose of their waste responsibly.
Leaving bin bags next to a bin is still littering and in some cases this means bins cannot be emptied when there is litter piled up around them, which exacerbates the problem.
If you’re heading out for a trip in the National Park, remember there won’t be bins everywhere, especially in the more remote parts of the Park. Please plan ahead and take a bag or container so you can take your litter home with you.