Removal of rubbish left on roadside

More than a ton of rubbish was removed from one of the county’s major roads during a five-night clean-up.

The litter clearing of the A189 Spine Road involved Northumberland County Council’s local services staff working through the night to clear the roadsides of debris.

And the waste clean-up generated its own mountain of rubbish – with staff collecting more than 300 bags full, weighing in at around one-and-a-half tons.

The work ran from the Moor Farm roundabout, finishing at Ashington, with the council’s traffic management team supplying flood lights to enable neighbourhood services staff to remove all the industrial litter and clear as much out of the trees and shrubs as possible.

The Spine Road clean-up is being complemented by roadside litter picking on the A1 and side roads in the north of the county.

The rubbish ranged from fast food wrappers to car tyres, wood, plastic and even human waste.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “The amount of rubbish we’ve taken off some of our major routes over recent weeks is quite staggering.

“This clean-up by our teams has made a big improvement to the look of some of our major roads but we rely on the public to play their part by not dropping litter.”