Targeted litter pick on the link road

Posted on: 7 March 2017

An anti-litter campaign is being held again, following a successful litter pick last year, in which more than seven and a half tonnes of rubbish was collected.

The campaign has just kicked off, with a litter pick along the North Devon Link Road. The clean-up, along a 34 mile stretch of the road, will run until the start of Easter.

Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “We are passionate about keeping North Devon clean. The link road is key to this campaign, as it is the main gateway into our district, used by local people and visitors alike. It is very disappointing to see that people continue to discard their litter on the road side. It takes a lot of time and money to clear up litter, money that could be spent on other essential services. We would like to send a message to people that we all have a duty to look after our district. This starts with not dropping litter in the first place.”

Last year’s clean-up efforts resulted in 1,441 bags of rubbish being collected by the council in five weeks. Among the items they picked up were general builder’s rubble and fast food packaging, as well as more personal items, such as six bank cards and one passport.

The link road litter pick campaign feeds into the council’s ongoing ‘Team Up to Clean Up’ project, which encourages the wider public to organise their own community litter pick events across North Devon. As part of this, the council can offer advice, and loan equipment to groups committed to keeping our neighbourhoods, beaches and public spaces litter-free.

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