South Lanarkshire Council is hoping to bin littering in the area for good, and is asking for the public's help to achieve its aim.

The local authority is proposing a five-year scheme to combat the problem.

It has set up a short survey which it hopes residents will respond to, aimed at receiving feedback on the issues being experienced in different communities.

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The consultation document also lays out the aim to develop a range of plans, policies and initiatives, all designed to prevent issues such as litter prevention, dog fouling, fly tipping and graffiti.

The strategy being established will run from 2022 until 2027 aims to focus on a number of areas that cause the most concern, and affect the quality of life in communities across South Lanarkshire, creating new ideas and also building on strategies already in place.

Over the last year these have included targeted clean-ups of verges around rural roads, mapping of the litter bin infrastructure, and a new campaign urging users of our open spaces not to be an ‘eejit’ but to bin their litter or take it home.

Councillor John Anderson, chair of the community and enterprise resources committee, helped launch the campaign, and is committed to putting the issue firmly on the council’s agenda.

He said: "What I am most pleased about with this wide-ranging proposal for the next five years is that it will require each part of the council to be involved - to enforce, educate or inform.

"Not only that, but we commit to working across a range of sectors, and with partners such as Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful, to make sure our efforts are as appropriate, targeted and successful as they can be.

"And, with this consultation process, we can also hear first-hand what really matters to those who live here. I know what a scourge litter is, whether that’s dog-fouling on our streets, littering in our parks, roads and open spaces, or the illegal dumping and fly-tipping of huge amounts of waste in our communities.

“That’s why it’s more important than ever to let us know what you think about our plans to tackle the issue. Tell us what matters most to you, where our priorities should be, and we will do our very best to put our focus where it will really make a difference.

“I would urge as many people as possible to complete this short survey and help us to meet the challenges that lie ahead."

According to a recent Keep Scotland Beautiful report, 250 million items of litter are discarded across Scotland every year.

The survey launched today and will last until the end of the month.

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