THE number of people dumping rubbish from their vehicles as they drive out of a village was described as "crazy" as a community litter pick cleared up the mess.

More than 60 youngsters took part in Pencaitland’s annual clean-up – making it one of the largest turnouts for the event on record.

The children and young people joined in the clean-up, heading out along local roads, paths and lanes.

Ralph Averbuch, chairperson of Pencaitland Community Council, said that while the village itself was mainly clear of rubbish, the amount discovered on surrounding country roads had been surprising.

He said: “We’ve found a crazy volume of discarded plastic and junk that’s presumably just thrown from vehicles as they leave the village.

“It’s hard to understand the mentality of people that somehow think this behaviour is acceptable but clearlythey do.”

He added: “How much trouble is it to keep our countryside clean, take your rubbish home and put it in a bin?”

Despite the high volume of rubbish collected around the community, Mr Averbuch said the day, which was held on Sunday, April 29, had been a great community event.

He said: “Despite the poor personal behaviour of some litter-minded drivers and passengers, we had the most people we’ve ever seen at our annual litter pick.

“That means many people, young and old, really do care. We just have to ensure that this message makes it to today’s litter-bugs too.”

Families and local groups turned out for the litter pick with high visibility vests provided by Keep Scotland Beautiful and snacks for all the volunteers provided by Greggs.