Environment

The annual link road litter pick returns

Two men litterpicking on the link road

Posted on: 14 February 2020

An annual litter pick event on the North Devon Link Road has returned, aiming to repeat the success of previous years.

North Devon Council’s clean-up of a 34 mile stretch of the link road will take place over approximately six weeks from 24 February.

Leader Member for the Environment at North Devon Council, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: “The link road is the main gateway into North Devon so, as well as the obvious environmental impact of littering, it leaves visitors and tourists with a negative impression of our beautiful district. 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.

“We would like to ask all link road users – visitors and locals alike – to take their litter home with them to be recycled rather than leaving it on the road side.  We pick up a huge amount of plastic during this event and the best option would be for people to find alternatives to single-use plastics and not buy them at all. By working together and taking responsibility for our own actions we can keep North Devon beautiful.”

Previous years’ clean-up efforts have resulted in over a thousand 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 have picked up items like beds and other furniture, as well as wallets and bags.

Follow North Devon Council on their Facebook page for regular updates on the progress of the link road litter pick.

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