Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths is calling on everyone to ‘play their part’ in eliminating litter and fly-tipping from Wales’ cities, seas and countryside.

On Thursday 28 January, the Minister launched her new plan: ‘A Litter and Fly-tipping Free Wales’, which outlines how the Welsh Government intends to crack down on the issue, while inviting anyone in Wales to submit their own ideas on how to tackle the problem.

We’ll be providing our own response to the consultation, but we’re also encourage everyone we work with – schools, community groups, Litter Champions and businesses – to do the same.  

It’s an exciting development and something we’ve been calling for since 2015. We hope it will lead to bold policy decisions and joint working across sectors to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

Some of the actions outlined in the new plan include:

  • Working with manufacturers and businesses to find sustainable alternatives to single use plastic items.
  • Incentivising businesses to produce more environmentally-friendly packaging.
  • Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme to help cut down on the littering of drinks containers.
  • Improving the monitoring and reporting of incidents of fly-tipping, on both private and public land.
  • Working with communities and partner organisations to tackle dog fouling.
  • Reviewing current enforcement arrangements, and increasing penalties; including exploring how Wales could introduce legislation to crack down on littering from moving vehicles.

We will be playing our part with Caru Cymru – an ambitious new partnership project with Local Authorities and Welsh Government, aimed at encouraging communities to take action to eliminate litter from our landscape. Watch this space!

You can submit your comments and ideas on the Welsh Government website until 22 April.

 Dweud eich dweud am gynlluniau i wneud Cymru’n ddi-sbwriel a di-dipio