Tonnes of litter cleared from West Oxon roadsides
More than 12.5 tonnes of litter has been handpicked from verges and roadsides across West Oxfordshire in only 26 days as part of a litter blitz by the District Council.
The litter - enough to more than fill a large refuse collection vehicle - was picked up by six workers from West Oxfordshire District Council who trawled 98 miles of roadsides on foot. In total, 12,620 tonnes were picked up - equivalent to almost half a tonne every day.
In addition to the litter, more than 20 shredded lorry tyres and old bicycle wheels were cleared away. The workers even came across two washing machines, a refrigerator and dumped car parts – including doors, seats and glass.
The clear-up was carried out in preparation for the Council to start grass cutting. As well as helping to improve the environment, the blitz has also cut the risk of large items getting caught up in and damaging grass cutting equipment.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "This has been an extremely worthwhile exercise and it just goes to show how much of a problem litter can cause. It is beyond belief that people think they can just dump items such as washing machines and refrigerators - which can pollute the environment - at our roadsides. This is totally unacceptable and I would like to remind people that fly-tippers face prosecution.
"I hope that people will be surprised by the amount of litter that was collected and do their bit to help raise awareness and urge others not to do it."
Roads targeted during the campaign included:
A40 East and Westbound
A415 Ducklington to Newbridge
Sections of the A361
Sections of the B4437
Sections of the B4022
A4095 Witney to Woodstock
B4047 Witney to Asthall roundabout
A44 to A436
A4260 border to Hopcroft Holt
A424 Burford to county border
B4030 Enstone to the Bartons
The team also responded to feedback from residents who contacted the Council to report litter problems in their areas.
Anyone who spots a problem can fill out online Litter Problem or Fly-tipping forms via the Council's website - log onto http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/environment/Streetcleansing.cfm. Alternatively, call the Council's Street Scene team on 01993 861020.
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