AROUND 400 bags of rubbish have been cleared from grass verges on the A38 in one of Amber Valley Borough Council’s biggest-ever clean-ups.
The work uncovered waste including a sofa, children’s slide and bed frame beside the dual carriageway between Little Eaton and Alfreton.
Staff worked overnight between 12th and 13th and 15th and 16th August as part of a special arrangement with Highways Agency contractors.
The council said ‘disruptive and expensive’ lane closures had been avoided by the partnership.
Coun Jack Brown said the amount of rubbish cleared had been ‘truly shocking’.
“It highlights the scale of the problem we appear to have in terms of litter being dropped on the highways,” he said.
“It is also a despicable habit and an offence.”
By working with A-one+, a Highways Agency contractor, the council said £11,500 had been saved by avoiding lane closures.
The company had planned to close lanes to cut back vegetation from the roadside but this was avoided by working with council staff.
Staff from the authority’s landscape services team received specialist training to carry out the work.
Its operations manager David Hewes also recorded the progress of the project as it unfolded.
“Included in the debris is a sofa but we also collected a toilet and children’s slide,” he said.
“Bearing in mind this was collected in the dark with the aid of helmet lamps, and in the rain, I think the staff did fantastic job.”
Added Coun Brown: “I would urge anyone to report those who you see dropping litter from their vehicles.”
Anyone with information about people deliberately dropping waste are urged to contact Amber Valley Borough Council’s customer and neighbourhoods unit on 01773 841335.