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Tackling Roadside Waste Needs To Start With Drivers

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Environmental waste is once again hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons as it is announced that around 3.2 million mice, voles and shrews die each year due to rubbish thrown into roadsides and hedgerows from vehicles and illegally dumped waste. Once again plastic waste comes under fire as a death trap for these small mammals but essentially waste like this along with aluminium cans are causing unnecessary deaths as these vulnerable species crawl into the waste and then can’t find a way out.
The 18 month study on roadside waste was led by RSPB volunteer Graham Moates and supported by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. By examining waste in South Norfolk the study found that 1 in 10 cartons or items had traces of dead animals in them. Both organisations are urging people to not toss rubbish out of the vehicles and Keep Britain Tidy have launched a ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ campaign that targets this very issue. It also further highlights the need to clamp down on fly tipping and people using unlicensed waste removal firms.
These small mammals are essential to the food chain and so protecting them from a completely unnecessary end is of huge importance according to Moates and fellow supporters including Keep Britain Tidy ambassador and TV presenter Chris Packham.
Fortunately new rules that come into force in April means that councils will be able to fine individuals caught littering. Registered keepers of a vehicle may find themselves receiving a fine, even if they didn’t throw the rubbish, in a bid to come down hard on anyone found to be littering on CCTV footage. Chief of Keep Britain Tidy Allison Ogden-Newton is imploring councils to enforce the new rules to punish those that litter these roadside verges and wildlife havens.
Simple ways to keep your vehicle tidy could include having a bag or bin placed in the vehicle to capture all the waste. Rubbish can then be removed periodically in a quick and easy way. When looking for ways to get rid of excess household waste people should also request to see the waste carriers license, otherwise they also risk a hefty fine.
Packham is passionate about British wildlife and believes that we all have a responsibility to do more to protect our environment. Not throwing litter from vehicles and dumping waste needs to stop in order to protect wildlife and their natural habitats.


What to do if your waste services are disrupted by snow

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The country is in the grips of significant snowfall. The so called ‘Beast from the East’ has dominated the news and weather headlines for days. Flights, trains and other transport services are cancelled, hundreds of schools remain closed and people in general are being advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
As a consequence bin collections across many counties have also been suspended leaving householders unsure of when their rubbish may be next picked up. Bad weather continues and travel and public service misery is compounded. Here is what we recommend in the event of suspended waste services in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and other areas.
Don’t panic! OK, we understand you’re probably not panicking just yet but we understand how frustration disruption to bin collections can be. If your bin collection is due or overdue leave your bin out ready for collection and usually on the next available day it should be collected, weather permitting.
Bag up extra waste – as waste builds in the absence of a bin collection just continue to collect waste as normal and bag up what you can. If you have run out of room in your bin the chances are that the council will accept additional waste in the short term to make up for the weather delays.
Make other arrangements – if the icy weather continues or the council closest to you doesn’t make up the back log of waste you may want to consider contacting private waste clearance services or make plans to remove the excess waste yourself. Local firms may be able to respond quicker than council services and could be more convenient than waiting.
Book specialist waste services – if you’ve taken the opportunity to have an early spring clean with the unexpected ‘snow days’ then you may have extra waste to clear. Electrical items, excess timber and unwanted furniture may be removed by private services or specialist companies. Contacting a local company could give you the best options for getting rid of spring waste quickly. Ensure that they have the appropriate waste carrier’s license for removing your items.
We would be happy to help anyone in the Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire areas struggling to get their ‘snow’ waste or excess waste picked up. We can also assist with ad hoc requests and ongoing waste removal contracts.

 
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