Residents called on to do their bit to combat litter fires

Wheelie bin fire
Wheelie bin fire

Environmental campaigners have urged people to do their bit to slash litter fires that cost taxpayers million of pounds a year.

Last year there were nearly 5,000 fires involving rubbish and flytipping in Strathclyde, peaking around bonfire night and costing around £10million in emergency callouts and thousands more in damage.

Charity Keep Scotland Beautiful have now launched a ‘Clean Up Scotland’ campaign.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “We all have a role to play to prevent fires involving litter and flytipping by not creating it in the first place.”