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Motorways Littered With Litter

The Highways Agency estimates it removes nearly 250,000 sacks of litter from Britain's motorways every year.

By Stephen Turvil
Mar 06, 2012
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The Highways Agency estimates it removes nearly 250,000 sacks of litter from Britain's motorways every year. This rubbish not only looks uglier than a brawl at a wedding – it can injure wildlife, block drains, and cause flooding. Furthermore, larger items thrown from vehicles can be hazardous to other road users and their machinery. I, for example, recently saw a Vauxhall Corsa swerve to prevent a lump of metal wrecking its sump. As such, last summer's regional “bag it bin it” campaign reminded motorists to be responsible.

Roads Minister Mike Penning explained: "Litter is an unsightly and unnecessary burden and one that we can easily avoid – that's why I am asking people to take one simple step towards make the roads a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone. Mr Penning continued: If all drivers kept a bag in their vehicle to store rubbish and then disposed of it safely, it would be a really positive move in tackling roadside litter.”

The cost of removing litter is a further consideration. Motorists - often correctly - complain about the state of the roads. Even some 'nice' parts of the UK are littered with potholes, poorly maintained signs, inadequate road markings, and dim cats' eyes. Money now spent removing crisp packets could clearly be better utilised to improve conditions overall.

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By Stephen Turvil
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