Removing rubbish bins from A75 laybys in the Stewartry has seen littering drop by a quarter. And now the bins are to be permanently removed after the council declared their trial scheme a success. Working with Keep Scotland Beautiful, the council removed 32 bins from the A75, eight of which were in the Stewartry. Half of the bins were replaced with signs encouraging people to take their litter home. And the communities committee was told on Tuesday that the move appears to have worked. Community assets boss Karen Brownlie revealed that before the bins were removed, an average of 580 bags of rubbish were being collected from laybys along the route. In the 13 weeks after bins were removed, that dropped to an average of 324 bags. In the Stewartry, the figure fell from 203 bags to 152 bags. It comes after a similar trial earlier in the year when 12 bins across the region were removed. The weekly average dropped by nearly 180 bags. The report stated that there is no indication whether the signs or bins helped in the reduction but adds “there is no suggestion that litter issues have diverted to other sites along the A75”. As a result, councillors agreed that the 32 bins are now permanently removed. The council’s community assets team will continue to litter pick in laybys.