COFFEE cups, fast food containers, beer cans and even bottles filled with urine are just some of the delightful objects discovered in a litter blitz of the North Devon Link Road. North Devon Council staff, in conjunction with South West Highways, have bee
COFFEE cups, fast food containers, beer cans and even bottles filled with urine are just some of the delightful objects discovered in a litter blitz of the North Devon Link Road.North Devon Council staff, in conjunction with South West Highways, have been working their way along the 34-mile stretch of road between Stonelands Cross near Tiverton and Bideford Bridge.The annual clean-up was brought forward this year because the road became so unsightly and sadly most of the rubbish collected appears to have been thrown from passing cars.Councillor Rodney Cann, Portfolio Holder for Waste and Recycling, said there had been allegations the litter was coming from the council's own recycling lorries, so the clean-up also tried to identify where the litter came from."On occasion we might have the odd bottle or something like that fall from a lorry, but this kind of litter is clearly down to irresponsible and thoughtless drivers," he said."In resource terms it is an expensive operation and that is paid for by the tax payer."The Gazette saw the small mountain of rubbish generated by just three days of cleaning. Much of it consisted of non-recyclable items such as take away fast food bags, disposable coffee cups and endless sweets and crisp wrappers.Mr Cann said there were a number of larger items, which the council was working with South West Highways to remove."If people's attitude does not change, our countryside will begin to look like a rubbish tip," he said."Statistically North Devon is a very clean area, but this type of littering - especially at this time of year - is a reflection of the community and only the community can solve this problem.