Motorists drop 1,640 sacks full of rubbish on roads around Merseyside

Getting the message across to mobile litter louts

Getting the message across to mobile litter louts

First published in News

A STATUE standing six feet tall, furniture and a rocking horse are among the tonnes of litter that blight Britain's motorways and cost £6m a year to clear.

Latest figures from the Highways Agency reveal they annually collect over 7,500 tonnes of litter from our roads leading to the launch of a campaign to get motorists to bag their waste and bin it.

In February 2013 the Highways Agency collected 1,640 sacks of litter in and around the Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and south Lancashire area some of it large enough to cause a major accident.

Litter on motorways and major A-roads can also threaten wildlife and block drains which can lead to flooding.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: “The Highways Agency spends at least £6 million a year collecting more than 150,000 sacks of litter from England’s motorways. It costs around £40 to collect each bag of rubbish from a motorway, roughly what it costs the Agency to fix a pothole.

“With the ‘Bag it Bin It’ campaign we want to encourage more people to keep a bag in their car, bag their rubbish themselves and dispose of it safely."

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: “Local authorities in England already spend £1billion in street cleaning and car litter is a considerable factor in this. People should take responsibility for their environment."

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5:35pm Tue 8 Apr 14

barrie timpson says...

Look no further than our local parasites...sorry council. They have covered the area in litter. Due to the totally useless black boxes and red plastic bags , which give way at the slightest breeze , the area is now covered in cardboard and plastic bottles.

But at least they all have an ipad and iphone...so everything is OK :)
Look no further than our local parasites...sorry council. They have covered the area in litter. Due to the totally useless black boxes and red plastic bags , which give way at the slightest breeze , the area is now covered in cardboard and plastic bottles. But at least they all have an ipad and iphone...so everything is OK :) barrie timpson
  • Score: 6

6:48pm Tue 8 Apr 14

smith&weston says...

I wonder if they could tell us how much scrap metal they pick up off the regions roads. Stand outside any scrap yard in the area and watch the dangerously overloaded transit flatbeds arrive, laded to the hilt with loose scrap.
I wonder if they could tell us how much scrap metal they pick up off the regions roads. Stand outside any scrap yard in the area and watch the dangerously overloaded transit flatbeds arrive, laded to the hilt with loose scrap. smith&weston
  • Score: 2

2:12pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Hughwithaview says...

When I have been driving I have witnessed many occasions when:

cigarette butts, ash, sweet wrappers, drink cartons, wet wipes etc have been flung from car windows. Half eaten fast food and wrappers are also favourites to dump on the roads. The worst was a hardly touched large cup of milkshake thrown from a car going at some fair speed - you can imagine the mess, not to mention the safety risk it posed as cars swerved to avoid it.

However, I just do not see the point of publishing this information if the powers that be do not intend to get tough and start prosecuting offenders. Of course we are twice blessed in St Helens as we not only have the public littering the place we also have our reprobate Council adding to the problem with it's fiasco of a recycling service!
When I have been driving I have witnessed many occasions when: cigarette butts, ash, sweet wrappers, drink cartons, wet wipes etc have been flung from car windows. Half eaten fast food and wrappers are also favourites to dump on the roads. The worst was a hardly touched large cup of milkshake thrown from a car going at some fair speed - you can imagine the mess, not to mention the safety risk it posed as cars swerved to avoid it. However, I just do not see the point of publishing this information if the powers that be do not intend to get tough and start prosecuting offenders. Of course we are twice blessed in St Helens as we not only have the public littering the place we also have our reprobate Council adding to the problem with it's fiasco of a recycling service! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Thu 10 Apr 14

keepitreel says...

part of the blame should be laid at the doors of the local authorities and the cost of dumping rubbish,it takes weeks for the bulky rubbish teams to turn up you need a permit (free) if you have a van to take it to a tip,pity the main one has been closed for months,and if you get someone out of the paper to remove it you have to hope they dont just dump it in the nearest lay-by,the council is constantly hiding behind the environmental issue of the cost of refuge collection but the company they have gone into bed with makes millions of pounds profit per year,like the old saying were there's muck there's brass.
part of the blame should be laid at the doors of the local authorities and the cost of dumping rubbish,it takes weeks for the bulky rubbish teams to turn up you need a permit (free) if you have a van to take it to a tip,pity the main one has been closed for months,and if you get someone out of the paper to remove it you have to hope they dont just dump it in the nearest lay-by,the council is constantly hiding behind the environmental issue of the cost of refuge collection but the company they have gone into bed with makes millions of pounds profit per year,like the old saying were there's muck there's brass. keepitreel
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Sankey says...

barrie timpson wrote:
Look no further than our local parasites...sorry council. They have covered the area in litter. Due to the totally useless black boxes and red plastic bags , which give way at the slightest breeze , the area is now covered in cardboard and plastic bottles.

But at least they all have an ipad and iphone...so everything is OK :)
Are you referring to the resounding success ?
[quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: Look no further than our local parasites...sorry council. They have covered the area in litter. Due to the totally useless black boxes and red plastic bags , which give way at the slightest breeze , the area is now covered in cardboard and plastic bottles. But at least they all have an ipad and iphone...so everything is OK :)[/p][/quote]Are you referring to the resounding success ? Sankey
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Sankey says...

barrie timpson wrote:
Look no further than our local parasites...sorry council. They have covered the area in litter. Due to the totally useless black boxes and red plastic bags , which give way at the slightest breeze , the area is now covered in cardboard and plastic bottles.

But at least they all have an ipad and iphone...so everything is OK :)
Are you referring to the resounding success ?
[quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: Look no further than our local parasites...sorry council. They have covered the area in litter. Due to the totally useless black boxes and red plastic bags , which give way at the slightest breeze , the area is now covered in cardboard and plastic bottles. But at least they all have an ipad and iphone...so everything is OK :)[/p][/quote]Are you referring to the resounding success ? Sankey
  • Score: 2

3:24pm Sat 12 Apr 14

barrie timpson says...

Yes!
Yes! barrie timpson
  • Score: 2

10:18pm Sat 12 Apr 14

smith&weston says...

The tip they closed for ' refurbishment " is well behind schedule and should have been open by now. How can it take over 6 months to tart up a tip ?
The tip they closed for ' refurbishment " is well behind schedule and should have been open by now. How can it take over 6 months to tart up a tip ? smith&weston
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Mon 14 Apr 14

barrie timpson says...

Has anybody seen the state of the gypsy site on the link road? There's about 15 years worth of rubbish there. Who's going to clean that up!
Has anybody seen the state of the gypsy site on the link road? There's about 15 years worth of rubbish there. Who's going to clean that up! barrie timpson
  • Score: 1

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