Council litter teams clear two tonnes a week from A12 and A14
A partnership between Mid Suffolk District, Babergh District and Ipswich Borough Councils organises the equivalent of 2.5 full-time litter pickers to clear rubbish from the verges, at a cost of around £80,000 a year.
On Wednesday, Mid Suffolk District Council revealed the amount of rubbish picked off the roads in just five days - around two tonnes.
Peter Garrett, Corporate Manager for Public Realms, said the problem was getting worse and worse every year.
“This is on average what we would pick up in a week - it is just over 100 bags in that pile.
“In 2008 we collected 70 tonnes, this year we have picked up 100 tonnes. It has been a yearly increase.”
Peter said there was a mixture of rubbish being dumped, both private and commercial. “Some has been thrown out by people like polystyrene cups and sandwich wrappers.
“Other rubbish is blown from contractors on their way to or from the incinerator. “One clear message I would like to get across is don’t drop litter in the first place. “Take it home and recycle it or dispose of it responsibly that is why we provide a kerbside collection. “We estimate this costs £80,000 a year.”
Peter said there were the occasional surprises in the litter found dumped.
“Today’s rubbish included a portable clothes drier you put under your airer - how that got on to the side of the road I don’t know.”