Mid Sussex District Council has collected half a tonne of litter from the side of the A23 as part of a new pilot partnership.
Maintenance company Balfour Beatty is now letting the council know in advance when sections of the road are to be closed for maintenance so the council’s clean-up crews can arrange to remove the litter.
The first litter clearance took place overnight on July 22.
Trained litter pickers from Mid Sussex District Council’s waste contractor Serco safely collected along one of the worst hit areas, a southbound stretch of the road from just south of the Ricebridge Services slip road, down south to the B2117 slip road, picking up pallets, road signs and car tyres in addition to the usual fast food wrappers and drinks cans.
Councillor Pru Moore, Mid Sussex District Council cabinet member for leisure and sustainability, said: “As a Council we are trying to make the best of what is a very difficult situation and this new partnership with Serco and Balfour Beatty will allow us to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.
“Litter that’s left strewn along the roadside looks appalling and the people who are responsible should be ashamed of themselves. Throwing litter out the window of your car is completely anti-social, spoils the environment for everyone, and causes huge problems when it comes to cleaning up the mess.
“It’s simply not safe for our clean-up crews to collect litter from the side of the A23 when traffic is whizzing by at high speeds; it would be an accident waiting to happen.
“We have been campaigning for a number of years now to get this stretch of road reclassified because it is a motorway in all but name. Highways England has responsibility for motorways because of the dangers involved and we feel strongly that they should also have responsibility for A23 because they are the only organisation that has all the relevant powers and facilities to carry out this type of work effectively.
“I’d like to thank Serco and Balfour Beatty for all the help and support they have given to this project. I hope we will be able to make the most of any similar opportunities that may arise in the future.”
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