More than three tonnes of litter and rubbish was cleaned up from the verges of a two-mile stretch of the A27 earlier this month.
Brighton & Hove Council clean-up team took the opportunity to clear the road while traffic was light due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
The team cleaned up the section of the A27 between Patcham and Hollingbury.
Items cleared included tyres, pallets, polystyrene and vehicle parts, coffee cups and food packaging.
They have now cleared the full Brighton & Hove section of the A27 since February and are planning another full litter pick in the autumn.
A Spokesperson for Brighton & Hove Council explained
“Lighter traffic on the A27 allowed us to carry out the clean-up in the daytime without the need for closing the road.
As a national trunk road, the A27 is owned by Highways England. Maintenance of the road and management of the central reservations is their responsibility.
Councils along the route are responsible for removing litter from verges, while Highways England are responsible for cutting back the vegetation and strimming the grass.
This means councils usually need to co-ordinate with Highways England’s contractors for litter picks to take place during other maintenance work.
As well as being expensive, it often proves impractical and can mean many parts of the road going without clean-ups for long periods.
We’re supporting a community campaign calling on Highways England to take over responsibility for removing litter on the A27. ”
Councillor Anne Pissaridou, chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability committee said:
“The lighter traffic on the A27 this month gave us an ideal opportunity to organise a clean-up of the verges in the daytime.
“This made it a far easier task to set up and without the usual complications and costs.
“Removing three tonnes of rubbish is a staggering amount for two miles of road previously cleared in spring last year.
“Keeping verges clean and litter free is everyone’s responsibility. As well as being an eyesore, litter on the roads endangers wildlife and pollutes the water table and, subsequently, the sea.
“Please take all your rubbish home and make sure any loads on your vehicles are secured.”