ENVIRONMENTAL charity Keep Scotland Beautiful is urging people in Dumbarton and the Vale to take part in a ‘week of action’ to tackle roadside litter.

The charity has congratulated the efforts of 374 people from West Dunbartonshire for taking part in the first month of its Clean Up Scotland 2018 Spring Clean – and is now calling on people to take part in the next phase of the campaign.

Across Scotland almost 20,000 people have taken action to remove illegally discarded litter from the places they care about.

Communities have been told they will have a further opportunity to tackle litter through a national Week of Action targeting roadside litter.

Carole Noble, operations director at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “With five weeks of our Spring Clean still to go, we’re really pleased to see an 18 per cent increase since this time last year in the number of volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves to take part in cleaning up Scotland. 374 from West Dunbartonshire is an unprecedented amount of support and demonstrates the level of public interest and appetite for action on littering and littering behaviour. We want to capture this interest and springboard everyone to take even more action to tackle roadside litter during a specific week of action from May 12.” We are delighted to already have almost 4,000 people signed up to take action from 68 schools, communities and businesses across 21 local authority areas.

“More than 20% of the Spring Clean activities so far have set out to address roadside litter - a growing concern across the country - with more than 100 bottles and cans found on every mile of Scotland’s roads and over 80% of Scotland’s main roads affected by litter.”

Everyone is invited to take part in a Roadside Litter week of action running from the May 12-20 helping to raise awareness of the issue of roadside litter and spread the campaign message: Give your litter a lift, take it home.

Further information on the roadside litter campaign can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/roadside-litter-campaign.