Annual link road litter pick completed

Posted on: 24 April 2018

A major clean-up of the North Devon Link Road has now been completed, with over 17 tonnes of rubbish collected.

The litter pick, 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 1,601 bags of rubbish during the clean-up, and the final weigh-in of this year’s efforts was more than double that of last year’s, when almost eight tonnes was collected. The crew also picked up a number of other items, including a double bed and mattress, and some large commercial shelving units. The majority of rubbish collected, however, was fast food packaging and plastic bottles.

Lead member for Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “I am so disappointed that people continue to dump their waste on the link road, and horrified at the rise in the amount of litter the crew came across this year. Litter, especially plastic, is so damaging for our environment, and we will not tolerate it. North Devon Council is now part of a consortium working in partnership with Plastic Free North Devon to drastically reduce the consumption of single-use plastic throughout North Devon. We will also work to educate local people, businesses and tourists about the dangers plastics pose to our environment, both on the coast and elsewhere.

“Individuals who still believe littering is acceptable should be warned that it’s a criminal offence and we can issue penalty charge notices to vehicle owners if it can be proved litter was thrown from their car, even if it was discarded by somebody else.”

If caught dropping litter, drivers can be given an instant fixed penalty notice of up to £150, and even face court. There are also heavier fines for 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. To keep up-to-date with Plastic Free North Devon’s news follow their Facebook page.

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