North East Lincolnshire Council

Litter louts dump more than a TONNE of rubbish on the A46

More than a tonne of rubbish has been cleared from a single stretch of road in North East Lincolnshire in just two days.

Takeaway rubbish was far and away the biggest offender, which accounted for between 80 – 90 per cent of the waste collected – including 640kg of takeaway wrappers in a single day.

Most of the litter is thought to have been thrown from car windows as inconsiderate motorists made their way along the A46 in Laceby.

Grass along the central reservation was cut and the verge prepared for wildflower planting.

Councillor Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for Environment, Transport and Energy, said: “Discarded rubbish presents a risk to wildlife and blights the landscape, and will not be tolerated.

“The Council spends about £150,000 a year keeping our communities free from litter.

“I’d like to thank the teams responsible for cleaning up our local environment and making this borough a clean and safe place to live.”

The litter patrols are part of the Smarter Neighbourhoods project, which started two years ago and involves waste and recycling collections, street cleaning and grounds maintenance.

Litter and dog fouling patrols recently started in the borough, after North East Lincolnshire Council entered into an enforcement agreement with Doncaster Council.

People caught dropping litter and not cleaning up dog mess will be given an on-the-spot fine of £100.

Cllr Steve Beasant, chairman of the overview and scrutiny committee, said: “This is the exact type of environmental crime that people hate to see in our borough.

“We think most of this rubbish was thrown from passing cars. People could easily have taken it home with them and put it in the bin.”

You can report littering offences at www.nelincs.gov.uk/report-it

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