A tonne of rubbish per week collected in roadside spring clean

The first three weeks of a Spring Clean of verges along roads in the Craven district has resulted in the collection of more than three tonnes of litter.

Craven District Council's clean-up started on 6th April and will run for around 8 weeks.

Tracy McLuckie, Environmental Services Manager at Craven District Council, said: “Our teams are working hard around the district to ensure Craven looks at its best for residents and visitors.

“Unfortunately there has been a huge amount of litter left by thoughtless drivers along our roads this year. We have even had a couple of drivers throw litter out of their car window while passing the crews.

“We have to plan this clean-up programme carefully as it can be dangerous working on the verges of busy roads, and we need to create a rolling road closure to protect staff. We ask drivers to be patient and considerate, and of course we would urge people not to drop litter and fly-tip in the first place.”

One item found by the team was a bag containing keys, money and ID, which had been lost from the back of a motorbike. The owner was contacted and the bag returned.

If groups would like to organise or take part in a litter-pick event or community clean-up, Craven District Council can help by providing free refuse sacks, gloves, litter-pickers and free collection of the rubbish. Please contact Waste Management Services on 01756 700600, or email wastemanagement@cravendc.gov.uk for more information.

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