10 tonnes of reasons for drivers to take their litter home

A27 litter clearance in March 2022

Lewes District Council's Environment First team have been working night shifts recently to clear up nearly 10 tonnes of litter left on the A27 by drivers. The council organised and funded the overnight road closures to allow the litter clearance to take place safely and without causing any disruption to traffic.

Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet Member for Recycling, Waste & Open Spaces, said: "The Environment First team did an incredible job and I'm so grateful to all of them. Keeping the A27 through Lewes district clean and tidy often feels like an uphill battle, but our brilliant staff always help renew my determination to crack this problem once and for all.

"It is shameful the way that some waste carriers and other drivers and their passengers treat our local roads, with little regard for how much litter and other detritus is cast all over the highway.

"Whenever possible we will support the work of the Police and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to identify unlicensed waste carriers and irresponsible drives and if any drivers have dashcam footage of drivers wilfully littering, they should share it with the police.

"In addition, waste presents a serious threat to local wildlife that could be maimed or worse by some of the types of rubbish found, most especially plastic and metal, hence the importance of our continued cleansing regimes."

Lewes District Council has been lobbying National Highways and their primary contractor, Kier, to let the council know when they are planning a road closure so litter clearances can take place in conjunction with their work on the road.

Councillor Carr added: "Whilst the National Highways and Kier have assured us that they are committed to supporting our cleansing activities with more regular provision of traffic management, to date this has not been forthcoming. We can only hope that our continued engagement with them will realise a more permanent and timely solution."