Standing as the Scottish Green Party candidate for a ward in Argyll and Bute, I have heard -and seen – a lot about our litter problem. Especially marine litter washing up constantly on our coast.
I think it’s time that we started looking at problems like litter in new ways.
We desperately need to create a circular rather than a linear economy. Let’s define it:
A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.
With a circular economy there will be no litter problem because litter will not exist. Imagine such a world! Well, it’s possible, but only if we radically change the way we do things.
At present our regional authorities are under huge strain; in part because they are having to pick up the costs involved in a linear economy. They’re expected to clean up the mess.