A litter picking crew from Tewkesbury Borough Council’s waste contractor, Ubico Ltd, has spent three days clearing up litter from the A40 Golden Valley running between Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Litter thrown from vehicles has built up over time and has become a hazard to wildlife as well as becoming extremely unsightly.
In response to complaints, Tewkesbury Borough Council has specially trained a crew of litter pickers to be able to safely pick up the litter on this high speed, dangerous road. It has taken approximately ten people to close the lanes and pick up the litter, costing the tax payer thousands of pounds.
In day one alone over 30 bags of litter were collected which contained drinks bottles, cans, takeaway wrappers, plastic wrapping, small fly tips and even human waste! All of which could have been disposed of at the drivers’ destination rather than on the roadside. The council is urging residents and visitors to respect the roadside and think of the impact their littering will have on the environment and local wildlife.
The council’s Lead Member for Clean and Green Environment Jim Mason said, “We are committed to keeping our borough clean and free from litter. This has been a big job on a major road, and it takes a lot of planning at a huge cost to the tax payer. Residents, visitors and those passing through our borough can help by taking litter with them and disposing of it correctly.”
This cleaning operation occurs twice a year due to the sheer amount of litter on the road.