Island Roads cleans up

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 

MORE than 5,000 tonnes of litter, dog waste and leaves have been cleared from Isle of Wight roads in the last year.

And over two thirds of it has been diverted from landfill for recycling, according to Isle of Wight highways PFI company Island Roads.

Island Roads cleansing teams collect a large proportion of the waste by hand from litter bins, dog bins and using barrows on the streets. Mechanical sweepers are used where practical.

A spokeswoman said the work also involved cleaning graffiti from public areas, clearing dead animals from the roadside and the disposal of scrap metal, plasterboard and soil.

The busiest month for litter bin emptying was July when more than 75 tonnes were collected, while nearly 30 tonnes of dog mess were cleared from bins in August.

The largest volume of leaf litter, 226 tonnes, was collected in November.

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