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Pit-stopping drivers urged to use bins as human and food waste gathers at A90 lay-bys

Angus Forbes, Gillian Docherty and her daughter, Hannah, 10, are fed up of seeing drivers leave a mess at Invergowrie.
Angus Forbes, Gillian Docherty and her daughter, Hannah, 10, are fed up of seeing drivers leave a mess at Invergowrie.

Motorists stopping and littering in lay-bys and services in the Carse of Gowrie have been slated as the amount of food waste and number of bottles of urine ditched at rest points continue to grow.

Carse of Gowrie councillor Angus Forbes has pinpointed the area at Invergowrie services as a hotspot for mess after a regular litter pick.

The popular stop is regularly used by lorry drivers who often spend the night in this area or park up for their required breaks.

The slip road is what is left of the original road to Perth before the A90 bypass was built and is owned by Transport Scotland.

Councillor Angus Forbes and two Invergowrie residents cleared bags of litter left on the slip road to Invergowrie from the A90 on Sunday.

Bottles of urine, raw onions and car wheels had all been left in drivers’ wakes, prompting an appeal from the Conservative councillor.

Mr Forbes said: “Invergowrie was the site of my litter pick which I run each month across the Carse of Gowrie.

“I am always fascinated at what is found on these litter picks but I have never found raw onions before.

“This is probably due to the area being frequented by lorry drivers who prepare meals in their cabs. Perhaps this particular driver didn’t like onions and they decided to chuck them out of the window

“Sadly, the urine filled bottles are not unusual, especially around areas with a large number of commercial drivers, I just wish they would put them in the bins, there is no shortage of rubbish bins here and the council empty them regularly.

“I will continue to run monthly litter picks across my ward and would encourage more people to join me – it’s a maximum of two hours on a Sunday.”

A Perth and Kinross Council spokesperson added: “There are at least two 240 litre capacity litter bins in each of the laybys along the A90 in the Carse of Gowrie.

“These bins are serviced twice a week, and at the same time we litter pick a length of 20 metres on either side of the layby.

“We often find that the bins are not full when we come to empty them, but users have instead left rubbish stacked at the side instead of putting it in the bin.

“We encourage anyone that is unable to appropriately dispose of their waste in a bin to bring it home with them, instead of littering on roadsides and open spaces.

“Over the last two years we have tied in with the national Keep Scotland Beautiful Roadside Litter Campaign to highlight the dangers and damage of roadside litter.”

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