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Hundreds of bags of litter collected from M5

HIGHWAYS England have reported collecting 200 sackfuls of litter from from the M5 in the last month.

And they are now urging drivers to keep the region’s roadsides clear of litter.

Chris Regan, South West head of service delivery for Highways England, said: “As pandemic restrictions are eased, we appreciate a lot of people will be heading to our beautiful part of the world – and our advice to drivers is clear: don’t drop litter.

“Please use any bins provided in laybys, heed the signage, and keep a bag in your car to store litter until you can dispose of it responsibly.”

Highways England also noted the high volume of litter found on the A-roads in the region.

While rubbish on the majority of A-roads in the region is the responsibility of local authorities, Highways England often teams up with councils to coordinate any necessary closures so it can be collected safely.

Chris Regan added: “Littering is a social problem across the country and our priority, working closely with our partners, is to keep our roads safe and well maintained for drivers and neighbouring communities.

“Roadside litter is not just unsightly but it’s a threat to wildlife and the environment and it can also be a safety hazard for drivers, can block drains and picking it up puts roadworkers at risk.”

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