Annual link road litter pick returns

Men in high vis picking up litter from the link road

Posted on: 11 March 2019

An annual litter pick event on the North Devon Link Road has returned, aiming to repeat the success of last year, in which over 17 tonnes of rubbish was collected.

North Devon Council’s clean-up of a 34 mile stretch of the link road will take place over approximately six weeks until the start of Easter.

This year’s litter pick overlaps Keep Britain Tidy’s annual campaign, the Great British Spring Clean, which takes place for a month from 23 March. This year the campaign is asking the nation to unite against the growing problem of single-use plastic litter. North Devon Council has been working as part of the Plastic Free Northern Devon Consortium since April 2018 to combat the global problem of plastic pollution through local action. Earlier this year the group agreed a five year strategy, which includes the aim of removing plastic that has entered the natural environment.

Executive Member for Environment for North Devon Council, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “The link road is the main gateway into our district, so it’s important that it shows off the beautiful area we live in. It is so disheartening to see that people continue to discard their litter on the road side, and it’s a shame we need to rely on this clean-up operation to keep the link road litter-free.

“Of all the rubbish we collect during our annual litter pick, there is a huge amount of plastic, which is very harmful to the environment. We would like to ask all link road users – visitors and locals alike – to avoid buying single-use plastic products or, if they have used these plastics, to put them in their recycling boxes at home rather than leaving them on the road side.  By working together and taking responsibility for our own actions we can keep North Devon beautiful.”

Last year’s clean-up efforts resulted in 1,601 bags of rubbish being collected by the council in six weeks. As well as a large volume of fast food packaging and plastic bottles, refuse crews picked up a double bed and mattress, and some large commercial shelving units.

The council can offer advice and loan litter pick equipment to anyone interested in organising their own litter pick event. The council may also collect rubbish collected during clean-ups by prior arrangement.

If you’re interested in taking part in the Great British Spring Clean you can sign up direct at www.keepbritaintidy.org. If you’d like to organise a local clean-up event please contact North Devon Council to borrow equipment by phone 01271 374776 or email adrian.brookman@northdevon.gov.uk. Keep up to date with Plastic Free North Devon’s clean up events on their Facebook page.

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