Joint litter picking and verge cutting initiative is working well
Release date: 14 July 2016
A joint working initiative to coordinate litter picking and verge cutting on busy roads around Cirencester has reduced disruption for motorists and saved a considerable amount of money for taxpayers.
Ubico Ltd, the waste service provider for Cotswold District Council, has been liaising successfully with Gloucestershire County Council to ensure that crews carrying out litter picking on the ring roads will time their work to coincide with County Council verge cutting operations.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Sue Coakley, is impressed by the results:
“This joint initiative has been underway for some time now with improvements being made each time the work is carried out so that we can keep disruption to an absolute minimum and also reduce overall costs.
“The routine is quite simple but effective – the County Council arranges for the installation of traffic cones along short sections of the road and a tractor then cuts the grass. As soon as this is done, the Ubico team moves in to pick up litter strewn along the roadside. Once this is completed, a County Council road sweeper follows behind to clear the carriageway of grit and other detritus. The most recent operation resulted in the collection of over 28 tonnes of waste from the ring road!
“Hopefully residents and visitors to the area will notice the hard work that has gone into this joint initiative. However, as any street cleaner will tell you, there is always more to do and the joint work is now being focused on sections of the A40 running through the Cotswolds.”
Cllr Vernon Smith, Cabinet Member for Highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said:
“This is a fantastic example of how joint working between the county and districts can be so successful.
“While we had cones and signs out on the ring road to cut the grass, we took the opportunity to pick up litter, sweep the road, empty gullies and fix potholes at the same time.
“We’ll continue to work closely with our colleagues at district councils around the county to help make Gloucestershire a welcoming place for visitors and residents alike.”