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Isn't it ok to leave food because it decomposes naturally?

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No. Food waste like chips and apple cores attracts rats, mice, gulls and pigeons. And it takes a long time to decompose. Fruit peel and plastic can take years, but cigarette butts can take more than a decade. That’s over 10 years of toxins polluting water and harming wildlife.

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What should I do if bins are full?

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If you have rubbish, just hang on to it until you find a bin or get home. And sticking rubbish on top of bin is a rubbish idea too – it just blows away.

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Isn't it someone's job to pick litter up?

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Cleaning up litter is expensive. £53 million of public money is spent tackling litter and flytipping each year, which could be better spent on other services. We all pay for these in the end: either as taxpayers or as customers of goods and services.

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What are the benefits of binning litter?

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As well as helping to make Scotland cleaner and safer – if all the plastic bottles and aluminium cans we use were recycled they could be worth £1.2 million to the country – and we could all do with that.

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Is it safe to pick up litter?

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It is helpful to pick litter up if you are comfortable doing so. You can start by picking up a single item of litter as you walk along or by organising a really big clean up in your local area. Why not contact your local authority to find out how you can help.

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Can I get more involved?

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You can show your support by taking part in an organised clean up such as Clean Up Scotland or the Big Beachwatch Weekend. (If you are organising a clean-up, you are advised to seek permission from the landowner or Local Authority. You should also contact your local authority to find out if they can offer you help.)

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