East Northants Council litter picks major road routes across the district

Published Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Roads across East Northants have had an early spring clean as the Waste team have collected nearly three tonnes of waste from major routes across the district, with more litter picks planned.

Over a two week period, rubbish was collected along stretches of A14 and A45, and now the Waste team are planning a litter pick along a section of the A6, whilst the road is scheduled to be closed. Due to safety reasons, litter picking can only take place when the road is closed or under repair.

Councillor Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“As a Council we have a duty to ensure that our district is kept tidy and we are pleased with how much rubbish was collected by the Waste team during these recent exercises.

“A small team worked hard over the course of the litter picks, and during the A45 tidy up, it is estimated that they worked for a total of 120 hours. 

“We are grateful for the work that the waste team did, however we would prefer that this resource, and the cost associated, was used elsewhere to further benefit the residents of East Northants, especially as it is important to remember that the rubbish could have been dropped by people travelling through the area, and not necessarily residents.”

During the A45 clean-up, a weight of roughly 1.6 tonnes was collected by five people over the course of three days and current costs suggest that to dispose of this rubbish will cost approximately £90 per tonne - a cost which will be covered by East Northants Council.

To find out more about waste in East Northamptonshire and to arrange your own community litter pick, please visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/waste