Litter is still strewn across a Tayside retail park despite efforts to clean up the area.
The waste, including styrofoam cups, paper bags and discarded takeaway items, is constantly cleared from the Westway Retail Park in Arbroath.
Kevin Murray, 56, a retired civil servant from the town, took photos of the unattractive scene near KFC and McDonald’s this week.
He said: “Having travelled through Italy, Croatia and various European countries where litter is rarely seen, I am upset on arrival back in the UK at the way we treat our country.
“It doesn’t give a good impression of Arbroath. I just wish people would bin it or take it home.”
Kevin felt Angus Council was doing as much as it could. Instead, he placed the blame firmly on irresponsible consumers.
“I do think enough is being done to clear it on the council’s part,” said Kevin. “The minority spoil it for the majority.
“It is up to people to be more respectful and teach their children values.”
Dropping litter in a public place is an offence in Scotland and could incur a fixed penalty notice of £80.
Councillor David Fairweather, whose ward is Arbroath West and Letham, admitted the problem had been going on for some time and accused those responsible of endangering wildlife and damaging the reputation of the town.
He said: “These people seem to have no thought about anyone but themselves.
“Not only is it a blight on our town, but they seem to be unaware of the effect it could have on the environment and the local wildlife.”
However, he praised the efforts of the fast-food outlets themselves to try to minimise the mess.
“We have had a lot of problems with littering in the Westway Retail Park but, to their credit, they have bins and dedicated cleaning staff.
“It’s just about making people aware that littering isn’t acceptable.”
One tactic Angus Council is using to tackle the problem is its prevention project Pride of Place, in association with Zero Waste Scotland.
The first stage of the project will evaluate the amount and types of litter in problem areas, such as the area around Westway Retail Park known as West Links, and will run until March.
McDonald’s and KFC were approached for comment, but have yet to do so.