Roads: Litter

Transport written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Chair, Environmental Audit Committee, Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency takes to minimise litter on the highways.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Highways Agency has launched its first litter strategy, setting out how, with the support of road users, it will reduce litter on England's motorway and trunk road network.

The Agency's aim is to reduce the need to collect litter in the first place, while ensuring it delivers an effective and safe litter picking service.

The new strategy sets out four areas the Agency will work on to reduce the amount of litter on its roads:

encouraging road users and the wider public to not drop litter in the first place; improving the way it collects litter safely and causing as little disruption as possible; welcoming and responding to customer feedback about litter; and working more closely with key partners and stakeholders, including local authorities, motorway service areas, Keep Britain Tidy and the freight and haulage industry.

The document includes case studies of some of the work already done in these areas, such as campaigns using variable message signs, closer working with local authorities and working with traffic commissioners to reduce litter from commercial vehicles.

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Peter Silverman
Posted on 26 Feb 2014 3:31 pm (Report this annotation)

Please refer to

for my critique of the Highways Agency's litter strategy.

Peter Silverman