More than three tonnes of litter, 13 tyres and even a 45-gallon drum of waste oil have been cleared from the A18 – Mortal Ash Hill – in a mass operation that involved more than 300 volunteer hours and the planting of 20,000 sqm of wildflower seed.
It is a fitting way for North Lincolnshire to mark Earth Day, the international series of events demonstrating support for environmental protection.
The five-day operation, which finished yesterday (Wednesday 21 April), was a partnership between litter-picking volunteers and North Lincolnshire Council workers.
It is part of the council’s commitment to enhancing the local environment, especially the main routes into Scunthorpe, and creating a more sustainable future for North Lincolnshire.
Over the five days the teams –
- Cleaned 16 cubic metres of assorted detritus from the highway
- Cleared more than three tonnes of litter and other waste
- Disposed of 13 car and lorry tyres and one 45-gallon drum of waste oil
- Prepared 20,000 sqm of ground and sowed it with wildflower seeds
- Completed 100,000 sqm of cutting, strimming and overhang work
- Lifted 32 tree canopies
- Erected anti-litter and fly-tipping signs in lay-bys
- Collected three lots of evidence that has been referred to council Enforcement Officers
Around 40 volunteers from the region’s litter-picking groups took part in the clean-up, which involved lane restrictions and other measures to ensure works were safe and following Covid-19 restrictions.
Drivers should start to see the wildflowers, which are all native species, bloom by mid-summer.
Wayne Gammon, co-ordinator of Broughton Bloomin Wombles, said: “We have got together as a community litter picking and the litter picking aspect has brought the community together.
“We had the opportunity to get onto Mortal Ash Hill doing a clean-up. Everyone knows how disgusting it is but we’ve now been given this fantastic opportunity to clean it up.”
He added that the group has been well-supported by the council, providing equipment and collecting bags promptly.
North Lincolnshire Council spends more than £1 million a year cleaning up after other people, which involves emptying more than 1,800 bins a week and maintaining more than 31,500 miles of roadside verges and footpaths – if placed end to end this would stretch around the Earth one and a quarter times.
The clean-up is part of a wider campaign waging war on litter and fly-tipping and building up to the Great British Spring Clean, 28 May – 13 June.
If you want to volunteer collect to litter and help enhance your own community, contact 01724 297000 or email email@example.com. We can help with advice and equipment and give you details of local groups.
For more information about Earth Day go to the official Earth Day website.