The A41 has received a spruce-up just in time for Christmas. Our Clean, Safe and Green teams spent six days in challenging weather conditions litter picking the main verges and slip roads. In total, they collected six tonnes of rubbish!
The same stretch of road was last cleared just nine months ago, but due to people still continuing to drop litter from their vehicles it became necessary to invest in another clean-up. Litter picks on high-speed roads such as the A41 cost thousands of pounds due to the need for road closures, vehicles and crew.
The litter collected was mainly made up of fast food items such as coffee cups, bottles and takeaway containers.
Portfolio Holder for Environment Sustainability and Regulatory Services, Councillor Janice Marshall, said: "The rubbish is unsightly, costs taxpayers thousands each year to clean up and is a danger to wildlife. We are urging you to take responsibility for your rubbish and keep it in your car until you find a bin. Throwing rubbish out of vehicles is illegal and you could receive a fixed penalty notice or be prosecuted in the courts.”
The £150 Fixed Penalty Notice will go to the registered vehicle owner, regardless of whether it was the driver or a passenger who committed the offence.
To help raise awareness about this issue and discourage people from illegal littering, we have installed 18 new anti-litter signs along the main road and slip roads. The signs have various messages urging road users to keep their rubbish in their car.
Recent studies have revealed that litter kills millions of mammals each year. More than eight per cent of bottles found along roadsides contained dead animals such as mice, voles or shrews, which are critical members of our eco systems. For larger animals, the RSPCA deals with calls about an animal killed or injured by litter every two hours.
Please remember, keep your rubbish in your car.
To report litter or fly-tipping, please visit our litter page.