Tonnes of rubbish that is mindlessly chucked out of car windows is picked up during A41 litter blitz and you’ll have to foot the bill

A41 litter pick.
A41 litter pick.

A staggering 11 tonnes of rubbish was picked up from the edges of the A41 during an six-day litter pick of the busy road - costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

During the cleaning blitz 14 staff from Dacorum Borough Council’s clean, safe and green team cleared rubbish from slip roads, junctions and grass verges, much of which had been mindlessly chucked from car windows.

Among the items picked up during the operation were coffee cups, drink cans, food packaging and more unusually lingerie.

The clearance covered 26 miles of the bypass from just after the M25 junction at Kings Langley up to Tring and back again.

Workers will return in the summer to clear the central reservation, which will coincide with grass cutting carried out by Herts County Council.

Councillor Julies Laws, who oversees environment, said; “Clearing this litter is an expensive operation. It costs around £1,500 a day just for us to close the high speed roads, so that our team can safely pick up people’s rubbish that shouldn’t have been dropped in the first place.

“Litter not only looks bad, it can be a hazard to vehicles and wildlife. I urge drivers and passengers to take their litter home with them and to help us keep our roads clean, safe and welcoming.”

The borough council clears the A41 twice a year.