Clean Up Scotland teams up with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Clean up Scotland teamed up with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service ahead of Bonfire night in a bid to deter the public from creating litter fires.
The annual Fire Statistics Scotland report for 2012/13 from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service found that:
- A total of 7,937 fires involving refuse, rubbish and flytipping (known as secondary fires) were started in Scotland last year
- Of these, almost 90% were started deliberately
- Almost half of them (3,592) involved loose rubbish – in other words litter and flytipping
They highlighted that the estimated financial cost of emergency service attendance at these fires in 2012/13 was approximately £15.9m and that does not include the cost to businesses and homeowners of fires started in skips and wheelie bins.
Their joint plea generated coverage throughout the national and regional press.
Clean Up Scotland aims to involve one million people in making Scotland shine in 2014. In the short-term, it aims to encourage people to participate in local clean ups to remove the litter and mess that blights our landscape.