TWO councils in Ryedale have joined together to tackle a litter problem in laybys along a busy road.

Ryedale District Council and Kirkbymoorside Town Council have partnered in an attempt to solve the issueof littering in laybys along the A170.

Both laybys have ‘on-the-go’ litter left by passing drivers, along with household rubbish that is being dumped there.

The two councils worked together to carry out research and obtain new anti-littering signs produced by Keep Britain Tidy.

Margaret Wallace, director of people and resources for Ryedale District Council said: “Ryedale is a beautiful place to live and visit so we do not tolerate littering.

"We want to keep our streets and environment clean, and this is the first step in tackling the environmental issue.

“We are committed to working in partnership and this initiative has involved consultation with North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways and Kirkbymoorside Town Council.

"The aim of it is to encourage people to keep our environment clean and tidy as part of the ‘No more rubbish excuses – Keep it! Bin It! Campaign’.   

“Such partnership working helps us deliver on our Cleaner Streets improvement plan, which is a Council Plan priority.”

If citizens, parish or town councils, or community groups feel that they have a hotspot for litter in their area they are asked to email the Ryedale District Council Waste and Environment team: