Edinburgh's streets are getting cleaner

The streets of Edinburgh are getting cleaner, according to Keep Scotland Beautiful's latest cleanliness assessment.

A total of 94% of streets which were studied as part of the Cleanliness Index Monitoring (CIMS) scheme in March this year were found to be of an acceptable standard. This is an increase from 89% in December 2012.

Data collated from the assessments have shown an upward trend in performance since 2009/10.

A CIMS assessment is carried out for the City of Edinburgh Council four times a year, with grades and points given according to the amount of litter found on a selection of streets.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport and Environment Convener, said: "These are encouraging results, and I would like to say a big thank you to residents, whose efforts to keep our city clean and litter free are making a difference.

"Council staff have also worked hard to improve results through targeted campaigns such as community clean-ups, patrols by environmental wardens and manual and mechanical road sweeping.

"A lot of time and effort has been spent on cleaning up Edinburgh, but I appreciate that while these latest results are very positive, we have to continue with our efforts to keep our streets clean and make sure that our beautiful city isn’t marred by unsightly litter."

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