KEEP our district clean and tidy.
That is the message from East Northamptonshire Council, which carried out a major clean-up on of the area’s busiest roads.
Following successful clean-ups along the A14 and A45 during January and February, the council’s waste team litter-picked a major section of the A45 from Chown’s Mill to Rushden Lakes roundabout.
A team of four people worked along the stretch across two weekends and collected bags of waste totalling more than two tons while the A45 was closed for planned roadworks during February, as part of the Chown’s Mill roundabout redevelopment. Council leader Steven North said: “Unfortunately, the majority of the litter collected was wrappers, packets, bottles and cans, rather than items falling from lorries, so could have been dropped from vehicles deliberately.
“Of course, we cannot track where the rubbish collected along the A45 has come from, but wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone, residents of the district and visitors alike, that this type of litter picking costs everyone and we would rather that this money and time was spent on something which contributed to the wider community.”
The mass clean-up followed a scheme in nearby Irthlingborough, when residents were invited, following the success of last year’s waste amnesty day, to dispose of any unwanted bulk items.
The council partnered with Irthlingborough Town Council, Longhurst Group, Northants Police, Orbit, Grand Union Housing Group and The Co-Operative Central England to encourage residents to clear out their houses and gardens of general waste, white goods and scrap metal.
Councillor North said: “We are always trying to find ways to help residents across East Northamptonshire clear out those unwanted items and after the success of previous amnesties, we were keen to partner once again with other like-minded organisations.”
For more information about waste in East Northamptonshire, including the authority’s bulky waste collection scheme, where all residents of the district can have up to seven items of bulky waste collected for £29.50, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/waste.
You can also visit the site to arrange your own community litter pick and find out more about future clean-ups.