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Roads: Litter

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 124018, tabled on 22 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the amount of litter Highways England has collected in each year since 2010.

Answered on

29 January 2018

Highways England is responsible for complying with the mandatory legal requirements under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which includes removing litter on England’s motorways and some trunk roads.

The Department for Transport does not hold information on how much litter is collected. Highways England’s service providers are not required, contractually, to report on the amount of litter cleared from their network.

However, as part of the Government’s Litter Strategy, Highways England has been monitoring 25 national litter hot spots. Over the last 12 months more than 10,000 bags of litter have been picked from these sites.

Highways England continues to review its specifications and contractual arrangements with its suppliers to ensure best value is achieved.