CLEAN up teams have descended on the A41 to collect the tonnes of rubbish flung from car windows and dropped from insecure lorry loads.
A group of 10 workers from Dacorum Borough Council’s Clean, Safe and Green team have begun the eight day blitz.
On the first day of the spruce up – which started on Monday – half a tonne of litter was collected. The same amount was picked up on Tuesday and is mostly made up of plastic bottles, drink cans and crisp packets.
Clean, Safe and Green operations manager Simon Coultas, said: “We urge drivers and passengers to take their litter home with them and to help us keep our roads looking clean and welcoming.
“Not only is litter and flytipping an eyesore but it also can build up and become a serious hazard to road users and to the wildlife.
“Let’s keep Dacorum clean, safe and green.”
The first two days of the clean up operation involved litter picking on the slip roads and junctions of the bypass.
Later this week workers will target side verges on the stretch from the M25 to Tring, covering a total of 26 miles.
The central reservation will be cleared during the summer to co-ordinate with grass cutting, which is carried out by Herts County Council.
The last major clean up of the road was in 2009 when almost six tonnes of litter was collected. The haul included tyres, mattresses and car bonnets.