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The council's Hania Smith (left) and Jennifer Terris in an orphan land site at Thornhill Road. PICTURE: Michael Gillen (131927B)
The council's Hania Smith (left) and Jennifer Terris in an orphan land site at Thornhill Road. PICTURE: Michael Gillen (131927B)

A week of action to crack down on litter will start on Monday focusing on rubbish on roads and around public transport stations.

From 2007 to 2011 Falkirk Council issued 1776 fixed penalty notices for fly tipping, litter and dog fouling and the problem is getting worse every year.

Litter teams will be patrolling train stations in Falkirk, Larbert and Polmont, Falkirk Bus Station, Central Retail Park and McDonalds restaurants raising awareness of the issue and enforcing its ‘zero tolerance’ policy as part of Zero Waste Scotland’s ‘Week of Action’ to tackle road litter.

Council litter education officer Jennifer Terris said: “We want to get the message across to people to take more pride in their community and that there is no excuse for litter.

“The council receives hundreds of complaints about litter, but it’s not the council who litters the streets and we only have a certain amount of resources to tackle it so we need the help of the general public.”

The local authority spends around £3 million a year on street cleaning and has issued a plea for people to help reduce that figure so money can be spent on more vital services.

Part of its fight against litter is to help communities take more pride in their area by adopting ‘orphan land’ sites which have lain derelict for years and are magnets for litter and fly tipping.

Several groups, schools and individuals including Communities Along The Carron, FDAMH, Green Dog Walkers and Brighten Up Bainsford & Langlees (BULB) already work on projects.

Community officer Hania Smith added: “We can help groups get funding for projects and offer other support if they are willing to work with us. The orphan land initiative can help build community spirit as well.”

Fines for litter can range in severity from a minimum of £50 to a maximum of £2500.