Throughout March, our Clean, Safe and Green team cleared nearly 8 tonnes of rubbish from the A41 during a week-long clear-up operation.
During the blitz, 20 crew members picked up litter from slip roads, junctions and grass verges, as well as the central reservation, along a 26-mile stretch of the road. The teams cleared from the M25 junction to the boundary with Buckinghamshire. To help address the issue, we also put up new anti-litter signs along the A41.
The litter collected was mainly made up of fast food items such as coffee cups, bottles and take away containers.
Portfolio Holder for Environment Sustainability and Regulatory Services, Councillor Janice Marshall, said, "Rubbish thoughtlessly thrown out of vehicles costs tax payers thousands each year to clean up, not only does this litter make our beautiful countryside look dirty, but it is also a danger to wildlife. Please take responsibility for your rubbish and keep it in your car until you find a bin."
A national study recently carried out by Keep Britain Tidy has revealed that litter in the UK could be killing over 3 million shrews, voles and mice each year. Over 8% of bottles found along roadsides contained one of these dead animals, which are crucial to our eco-systems and supporting a great deal of other wildlife. Litter also harms larger animals, with the RSPCA dealing with an animal killed or injured by litter every two hours.
As we have to close parts of the road during the clear up operation, the cost and time involved means we can only clear this road once a year. Please help keep our wildlife safe and preserve the beauty of our countryside by keeping the A41 litter-free. Always take your rubbish home with you and never toss it out of the window.
From 1 April 2018, it will be possible to issue a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecute the registered vehicle owner for litter dropped from a vehicle, regardless of whether it was the driver or a passenger who committed the offence.
To report litter or fly-tipping please visit our litter page.