Clearing litter from roadsides costs Dover District Council in the region of £900,000 every year. As well as the costs of the litter collection itself, the Council often has to pay for lane closures to protect the workforce on busy roads, such as the A2 and A20.
A programme of roadside litter clearance has already collected over a tonne of waste from roadsides in the district in the first three months of 2018. More roadside litter picks are planned in the coming weeks, with DDC working alongside KCC Highways, and contractors, Amey, AOne+, Eurovia, and Walkers. This includes:
- Lydden Hill - 12 April
- Green Lane and Whitfield Hill - 13 April
- A20 - 16 April
- A257 from Wingham to Ash roundabout - 19 April
- A257 from water gardens roundabout to Ash roundabout - 23 April
- A258 from rare breeds roundabout to Deal roundabout - 27 April
- Ramsgate Road, Sandwich - 30 April
- Whitfield bypass - 10-11 May
- Whitfield bypass - 14-17 May
- Sandwich bypass - 13-15 June
Cllr Nick Kenton, Cabinet Member for Environment, Health & Waste, said: "Roadside litter is a national disgrace, costing the tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds every year, and damaging the local environment.
"Everyone needs to tackle this issue, starting with those who think it’s acceptable to throw rubbish from their vehicles, or to fly-tip on the roadside.
"The ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ campaign sends a powerful message to the culprits, and reinforces our own enforcement campaign, ‘Don’t Dump in Dover District’."