Rubbish way to treat the Borders

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While I do not agree with Dr John Bell and his comments in respect of “atrocious service and poor accommodation” in the Borders (Southern, February 9), I do agree that we have a litter problem.

As I travel around the region on foot or by car, I am dismayed by the amount of rubbish I see lying around – obviously thrown out of car windows by uncaring people too lazy to take their rubbish home, who seem to think this is acceptable practice.

To prove my point, I took a short walk towards Scott’s View from my home in Redpath. While out I collected a bin bag full of drink cans, plastic bottles, food wrappers, etc. There was so much litter on the verge on the Kelso road that I stopped every few yards and only covered a very small area before my bag was full and getting heavy. I even spotted an old exhaust system dumped on the banking.

Maybe this letter might highlight the problem and encourage local people not to throw their rubbish out of the car window, spoiling the countryside for all of us who live and work here, as well as the visitors we wish to encourage.

We must not be complacent about our beautiful Borders, but cherish and look after our countryside.

Helen Todd

Redpath