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Nuneaton and Bedworth roads looking brighter after clean-up operation

Published on Thursday, 4th March 2021

Council waste teams carry out major clean-up programme

Several of the borough’s major roads are looking cleaner after a cleansing operation was undertaken by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s waste teams.

Work has been carried out in recent weeks with the litter pick and cleansing concentrating along stretches of the A444, B4113 (Pickards Way) and nearby country lanes.

Gypsy Lane in Nuneaton along with Coventry Road Bulkington, Astley Lane, Bedworth Lane and Hospital Lane in Bedworth were also targeted.

Lane closures and traffic management were in place to allow the work to be carried out safely with the operatives travelling an estimated 26 kilometers over the week clearing waste.

A total of 7.4 tonnes of litter was collected, with approximately 1 tonne of large items along with 65 tonnes of road sweepings, mostly earmarked for recycling.

Additionally, partnership working allowed Warwickshire County Council to undertake much needed maintenance works, utilising the Traffic Management put in place by Nuneaton and Bedworth borough council’s waste management department.

Councillor Jill Sheppard, Portfolio holder for Refuse and Central Services said:

“These roads have benefited from the operation and thanks go out to the tremendous work carried out by the council’s cleansing teams.

“There has been a gradual build-up of litter along these stretches of roads which becomes unsightly to look at for both residents and visitors alike and which costs taxpayers’ considerable expense to clean.

“If anyone does see littering from a motor vehicle or fly tipping, I urge you to come forward with the details for us to investigate.”

Car litter, as well as fly tipping along these stretches of roads remains a main concern and the council asks residents and road users to take waste home with them.

Litter bins are provided in some laybys for drivers to use, but accumulation of litter is still an ongoing problem. NBBC offer a bulky waste collection service to residents to dispose of larger waste items, which can alternatively be taken to the Judkins Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Tuttle Hill, Nuneaton.

The Waste Enforcement team at NBBC have installed smart cameras in ‘Hot spot’ areas within the Borough, where illegal disposal of waste is a growing issue.

The camera’s are designed to detect and ultimately prosecute offenders and will be moved and installed around the Borough in areas of concern.

Waste crime including littering and fly tipping, costs local authorities many thousands of pounds yearly and puts NBBC staff at risk to clear.

For more information about household waste disposal or to report littering, please contact Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council on 024 7637 6376.