Litter picks across Falkirk targeting those areas where volumes of roadside litter and the irresponsible disposal of waste is an ever-increasing problem across our communities are now underway. 

We expect that amongst the waste to be collected, there will be plastic bottles, glass and cans that could easily have been placed in litter bins, taken home, taken to Recycling Centres or to local recycling points across Falkirk.

The crews will cover an area stretching from Mary Street, Laurieston to the A9 roundabout, just off Camelon Road.  

While some areas will involve open spaces, where litter clearance is targeting roads, we would ask that to ensure the safety of our workforce during the litter pick programme, drivers take care and are respectful of the ongoing work.   Signage advising of litter picking will be in place.

A programme of similar clean-ups will then take place across the next few weeks,  and we plan to keep our residents informed of progress /activities undertaken via our website and the Litter Strategy Facebook page Take Pride in Falkirk.

Councillor Iain Sinclair said: “We are committed to improving our communities, but nevertheless it is disappointing that we have to do so in the face of indiscriminate and irresponsible littering.  Litter is being tossed from moving cars onto our verges, or carelessly dropped in our residential and town centre areas.  Quite simply, why?  We’re all aware of the financial pressures we face, and these clean-up actions come at a significant cost.  We’re allocating additional resources to these clean-ups, meaning public funds are being diverted from use elsewhere.   We need everyone, across Falkirk to help us improve our communities - Take Pride in Falkirk by not irresponsibly throwing litter or rubbish away in the first place – get involved and see how simply changing behaviours can reap rewards - for more information, visit our Litter Strategy webpage.

Our actions also coincide with the launch of the annual KSB Spring Clean which takes place from 17 March to 17 April - as a Council we’re grateful for the support individuals and groups across Falkirk regularly provide in carrying out litter picks in their areas.  Joining in with the national Spring Clean is an excellent opportunity to get involved and improve your local area.  Find out more and register your participation at the Keep Scotland Beautiful website.” 

Issued by Falkirk Council Waste Services