Tonnes of rubbish thrown into verges on some of the busiest main roads across North East Somerset are being picked up by Bath & North East Somerset Council as part of a six-week clean-up blitz.
More than 150 miles of verges on busy A and B roads will be covered by the council’s cleansing teams picking up litter thrown out of vehicles starting from Monday February 10.
Last year crews collected more than 1,000 bags of unnecessary waste weighing in at 3.5 tonnes – the equivalent of a light goods vehicle.
Councillor Dave Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Nothing frustrates me more than seeing tonnes of litter in our hedgerows and verges. I’m really pleased we are taking this very rural issue seriously and helping to keep our countryside beautiful.
“The end of the winter and the start of spring is the best time for our crews to do this work because the vegetation has died back so they can see the litter buried in the hedgerows and verges.
“It costs the council up to £40,000, which is money that could be better spent if drivers were not so careless and actually bothered to take their rubbish home with them to either recycle it or put in their general waste bin.
“We are also looking at what we can do to stop people throwing litter out of cars and trucks in the first place, including how we can issue more £150 fixed penalty notices for littering.”
Litter picking schedule for 2020
* please note this may be subject to change depending on weather conditions:
A37 10th & 11th Feb
A368 12th &13th Feb
Globe Pennyquick (Whiteway Rd) to Haycombe Cemetary 14th Feb
A39 17th & 19th Feb
B3116 Junction A39 to Keynsham 20th & 21st Feb
Woollard Lane & Chalton Road to Keynsham 24th & 25th Feb
A367 26th and 27th Feb
B3115 Tunley Road 28th Feb
B3130 Chew Magna to A37 Pensford 2nd Mar
B3114 Chew Magna to Border - by Sherborne Farm 3rd to 5th Mar
B3355 Hallatrow to A362 6th Mar
A362 Farrington - Old Mill Ind Estate 9th Mar
Queen Charlton Lane 24 & 25 Feb
Stockwood Lane 10th March
Staunton Lane 10th March
A363 Wilts border to Bathford Roundabout 11 Mar
Brassknocker Hill 12th Mar
B3110 Hinton Charterhouse Road 13th March
Claverton Down Road - Brassknocker to the university 12 March
Lansdown Road to S.Glos border to Fonthill Rd 16th March
Lansdown Lane - Lansdown Roadd to Beresford Gardens 16th March
A431 Kelston Road 17 March
A36 Lower Bristol Road Cares Centre to Three Lamps Junction 18th March
A4 Globe to Car Sales Saltford 18th March