More than seven tonnes of rubbish was collected during the five week clean-up.

A major litter pick along the North Devon Link Road has come to and end, with almost 1,500 bags of rubbish collected.

Over the last five weeks North Devon Council has joined forces with the local McDonalds franchise which saw litter collected along a 34 mile stretch of the road.

Council staff collected more than seven and a half tonnes, and 1,441 bags of rubbish.

Among some of the stranger items picked up were bank cards and even a passport, as well as builders rubble and fast-food packaging.

Executive member for environment, councillor Rodney Cann, said: “The crew’s done a great job and now that the road is looking cleaner, I hope people will help to keep it litter-free.”

The clean up marks the beginning of the council’s Love Where You live campaign, and it’s the third time McDonald’s has contributed towards cleaning up the link road.

Local McDonalds franchisee, David Hunt, said: “Once again, we are proud to sponsor the Love Where You Live campaign. We want to highlight to the wider public that it’s simply not acceptable to drop any litter.”

The campaign also feeds into North Devon Council’s ongoing Team Up to Clean Up scheme, which encourages members of the public to organise their own community litter pick events.