Council steps up fight against litter – on the highways
05 March 2018
Neath Port Talbot Council is stepping up its non-stop fight against vehicle borne litter louts who leave our roadside verges full of food wrappers, plastic bottles and other unwanted items.
The authority is investing in a third “Fast Road Team” which comprises a vehicle and a crew of three who remove litter from the side of highways the high speed limits of which means the work has to be done with traffic management measures.
It means the council now has three fast road teams to combat the seemingly never ending tide of roadside litter thrown from vehicles.
Cllr Ted Latham, the council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering said: “Cleaning these fast roads is expensive and time-consuming for hard pressed local authorities - and it is the whole authority area which suffers.
“The money needed to clear litter comes out of already under pressure council budgets.
“Motorists are the ones who also have to face the consequences if an item of litter causes a puncture, or even a collision which closes a carriageway or maybe leads to an accident.
"Litter is an unsightly and unnecessary burden and one that we can easily avoid - that's why we are asking people to take one simple step towards making the roads a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone.
“The money and staff resources spent removing litter from roads like the A465 could be far better spent elsewhere.
"If all drivers kept a bag in their vehicle to store rubbish and then disposed of it safely, it would be a really positive move in tackling roadside litter."
Roadside litter is not only unsightly, but is also a threat to the environment and wildlife and can block drains and cause flooding.
For the Council, clearing litter diverts much-needed resources away from essential services, while items thrown from moving vehicles can be a hazard to other road users.
Neath Port Talbot Council spends around £2m per year on clearing up all types of litter, dog fouling, fly tipping and addressing so-called "grot spot" areas - money that could be put to much better use.
And it costs around £23,000 a time to litter-pick the A465 Heads of the Valleys route.
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