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Tonnes of rubbish removed in A41 spring clean


A41 Spring Clean March 2020

Our Clean, Safe and Green team have completed a fantastic clear-up of the A41. The crew of 17 operatives have done a brilliant job and collected four tonnes of rubbish in seven days.

Despite challenging conditions for staff logistics due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the clean-up crew cleared litter from over 20 kilometres of the A41, including slip roads. Six months ago our litter-picking team cleared six tonnes of rubbish from the same stretch of the A41. Clearing litter on high speed roads is an expensive task due to the traffic management involved. This particular clear-up cost nearly £28,000.

Portfolio Holder for Environment, Sustainability and Regulatory Services, Councillor Alan Anderson, said, “I am very proud of our dedicated Clean, Safe and Green crews who in spite of everything have still managed to get out there and carry out this crucial clean-up. Remember to always keep your rubbish in your vehicle until you can find a bin.”

Due to people still continuing to litter from their cars, it is necessary to carry out these large-scale clean-ups. Approximately £1 billion of tax payers’ money is spent in the UK every year cleaning up after people who toss their rubbish out of their vehicle windows.

According to a recent study by Keep Britain Tidy, the most littered items are cigarette butts, sweet wrappers, fast food packaging and bottles and cans (both soft drink and alcoholic).

Local authorities in the UK are able to fine the registered owner of a vehicle up to £150 if rubbish is seen being thrown out of their vehicle - regardless of whether it was them who threw it.

To help raise awareness about this issue and discourage people from illegal littering, we use various anti-litter signs along the road.

Litter is not just illegal, unsightly and expensive to clear, it kills millions of mammals every year, too, as animals get stuck inside items such as bottles and cans. It is time for everyone to take responsibility for their rubbish. If you care about our countryside and its wildlife, don’t toss your rubbish, keep it in your vehicle and put it in a bin when you can. Better still, recycle it when you get home.

For more information on litter, including how to report it to us if you catch someone in the act, please visit our Litter page.