Highways England is responsible for complying with the mandatory legal requirements under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which includes removing litter on England’s motorways and some trunk roads.
The Department for Transport does not hold information on how much litter is collected. Highways England’s service providers are not required, contractually, to report on the amount of litter cleared from their network.
However, as part of the Government’s Litter Strategy, Highways England has been monitoring 25 national litter hot spots. Over the last 12 months more than 10,000 bags of litter have been picked from these sites.
Highways England continues to review its specifications and contractual arrangements with its suppliers to ensure best value is achieved.