Council ask residents to report litter droppers

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STAFF from Horsham District Council have been out visiting hot spot areas to tackle the growing amounts of litter on the main roads in the district.

The A24 and the A264 have both been identified as particular hot spot areas and staff have been visiting the area to address the large amounts of litter dropped from commercial vehicles and from people throwing it out of moving cars.

It costs taxpayers over £1,500 a day for staff to safely litter pick on dual carriageways and the council undertakes targets those responsible for litter dropping in an effort to combat environmental impact, nuisance and cost.

Horsham District Council and Biffa Waste Services staff have been working in partnership and monitoring vehicle activity.

If littering is witnessed, HDC is urging people to make a note of the registration number, time, date, type of vehicle and location and report it using the contact details below.

Councillor Andrew Baldwin, HDC’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“Litter is more visible at this time of year on the main roads and as a result the Council targets extra resources to clear verges.

“In the past month, in addition to our usual work programme, we have spent £6,000 on clearing the A24 and A264.

“Much of the litter you see at the side of main roads comes from commercial vehicles or from people throwing it out of moving cars.

“All vehicles carrying waste to the landfill site in north Horsham should be properly sheeted over to stop items blowing out and once they have emptied their load they are required to brush out any remnants.”

For more information, please visit the Horsham District Council website on www.horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 733144.