10 tonnes of rubbish cleared from A41

Our teams clear litter from the A41We've cleared nearly 10 tonnes of rubbish and litter from the A41 during a two-week clear-up operation.

During the blitz, two teams picked up litter from slip roads, junctions and grass verges, as well as the central reservation, along a 26-mile stretch of the road.

Our teams cleared from the M25 junction to the boundary with Buckinghamshire.

The rubbish collected included general litter thrown from vehicles, as well as car parts and even some road signs, which had been knocked over.

Craig Thorpe, our Environmental Services Group Manager, said: “This has been a huge and costly task as it involves applying and paying for a traffic management system so parts of the road can be closed during the operation.

While clearing the central reservation, we worked with highways contractor Ringway and used its traffic management system, but used our own traffic management system for the main road closures. The cost and time involved means we can only clear this road once a year, so we'd urge drivers to keep the A41 as litter free as possible and take their rubbish home.”

We've been raising awareness of the litter problems on the A41 through extra signs and more litter bins in lay-bys, which are cleared twice a week.