Is litter epidemic hitting Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and the villages?

Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs, last year.
Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs, last year.

Campaigners at Clean Up Scotland say a litter “epidemic” is scarring the West of Scotland – including East Dunbartonshire.

Two-thirds of people living in the West of Scotland have seen litter dropped, either accidentally or on purpose, in the past three months.

The Herald has been contacted by an angry reader who claims the Townhead Bridge and canal side bankings in Kirkintilloch are in a “sorry” state.

Jeremy Purvis, campaign director of Clean Up Scotland, said: “These shocking results expose in full the litter epidemic which we face in the West of Scotland.

“A full two-thirds of people here are seeing litter being dropped – some of the estimated 250million pieces of litter dropped each year on Scottish streets, parks and beaches.

“Litter has a damaging effect on the West of Scotland, not just in terms of its visual beauty, but socially and financially.

“Litter costs Scottish local authorities an estimated £78m a year to clean.

“That’s the taxes of the very people who’re dropping it in the first place, but it also wastes the money of the responsible people who never pollute their streets. If ever there was a time when such council money could be spent on other valuable services, this is it.

“The people who take the decision to drop litter and pollute their community do a disservice to the West of Scotland. They let down their communities, waste other people’s money and contribute to what is fast becoming Scotland’s secret disgrace.

“The Clean Up Scotland campaign is taking action and calling for a revolution in Scotland’s attitude and behaviour towards litter, so that dropping litter becomes as socially unacceptable in future as drink-driving is today.”

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