Roads: Litter

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the existing contracts for the removal of litter on the strategic road network.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

I have taken a keen interest in this matter and believe more should be done.

The Highways Agency’s existing contracts specify sweeping and cleaning activities on the network to comply with the mandatory legal requirements under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Act states that the area should not fall below a Grade B (“Predominantly free from litter and refuse apart from some small items”), and the contracts operate satisfactorily in this regard.

However, I intend to discuss with the Highways Agency what further steps could be taken to reduce litter on the Strategic Road Network.

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