Link road litter pick sees more than 1,200 bags of rubbish collected

Litter pick crew Martin Kiff, Tom Dempster and Robert Boden

Posted on: 18 April 2017

A major litter pick along the North Devon Link Road is now complete, with almost eight tonnes of rubbish collected.

The extensive clean-up, carried out by North Devon Council, took place along a 34 mile stretch of road over a six week period.

The three-man crew collected 1,265 bags of rubbish during the campaign. Among the items they picked up was 22 car tyres, three bags of sand and a television, as well as more personal items, such as bank cards and driving licences.

North Devon Council’s Head of Waste and Recycling Services, Ricky McCormack, says: “We carry out the annual link road litter pick to ensure we make the main gateway into North Devon clean and welcoming. Each time I’m stunned by how much rubbish is carelessly thrown out of vehicles and dumped at the roadside. This clean-up is important but it takes up a lot of time and resources that we would prefer to use elsewhere. Our crew has done a great job and I hope people will see the improvement on the road and do what they can to keep it litter-free. I’d like to remind motorists that littering is a criminal offence and if they are caught, we will prosecute.”

This is the tenth link road clean-up the council has participated in, with last year’s efforts in partnership with McDonald’s resulting in more than 1,400 bags of litter being collected by the council. Previous years have also reunited owners with lost possessions, such as wallets and passports. The majority of rubbish collected, however, is fast food packaging and plastic bottles, as well as pallets and tyres.

If caught dropping litter, drivers can be given an instant fixed penalty notice of £75, be fined up to £2,500 and even face court. There are also heavier fines for larger amounts of flytipping. If you spot flytipping, or see litter being dropped from a vehicle please report it to North Devon Council online at www.northdevon.gov.uk or call 01271 374776.

1 comment on “Link road litter pick sees more than 1,200 bags of rubbish collected

  1. Linda Gadd says:

    This must be a dangerous and dirty job for the team. They must be proud of this acheivment. I am sure I speak for all caring members of the public to say thank you
    for your hard work, and maybe when the perpetrators of the mountains of rubbish are caught, they will be given a stretch of link road to clean. This would be in the worst winter weather of course, dressed as Micky Mouse.

    Thank you all Linda Gadd

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