Lit­ter re­duc­tion

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

Re­mov­ing rub­bish bins from A75 lay­bys in the Ste­wartry has seen lit­ter­ing drop by a quar­ter.

And now the bins are set to be per­ma­nently re­moved after the coun­cil de­clared their trial scheme a suc­cess.

Work­ing with Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful, the coun­cil re­moved 32 bins from the A75, eight of which were in the Ste­wartry.

Half of the bins were re­placed with signs en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take their lit­ter home.

And the com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee will be told to­day that the move ap­pears to have worked.

Com­mu­nity as­sets boss Karen Brownlie re­veals that be­fore the bins were re­moved, an av­er­age of 580 bags of rub­bish were be­ing col­lected from lay­bys along the route. In the 13 weeks after bins were re­moved, that dropped to an av­er­age of 324 bags. In the Ste­wartry, the fig­ure fell from 203 bags to 152 bags.

It comes after a sim­i­lar trial ear­lier in the year when 12 bins across the re­gion were re­moved.The weekly av­er­age dropped by nearly 180 bags.

The re­port states that there is no in­di­ca­tion whether the signs or bins helped in the re­duc­tion but adds “there is no sug­ges­tion that lit­ter is­sues have di­verted to other sites along the A75”.

As a re­sult, coun­cil­lors will be asked to agree that the 32 bins are now per­ma­nently re­moved.

The coun­cil’s com­mu­nity as­sets team will con­tinue to lit­ter pick in lay­bys.

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