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The bizarre items dumped on the A30

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:10am 11th February 2019. (Updated at 2:38pm 11th February 2019)

A toilet, cooker and part of a boat are some of the bizarre items that have been dumped on the A30.

Cornwall Council has revealed the list, as it urges drivers to bin or take their rubbish home.

The council's waste collection service, Biffa, collects 10 tonnes of litter from roadsides and verges along the high speed route each year; that is enough to fill two double decker buses.

Most common among the discarded items are fast food packaging, takeaway cups and plastic drinks bottles.

However, there have also been dozens of mobile phones and large items such as electrical appliances and furniture.

What is the impact of roadside litter and fly-tipping?

Motorists or their passengers can be fined £150 for throwing rubbish from car windows or dumping it in a layby.

Every year Highways England and local councils spend hundreds of millions of pounds clearing litter from roadsides and verges.

It warns roadside litter exposes the workforce to "unnecessary danger", especially on high-speed roads like the A30, A38 and A39.

"While the majority of people act responsibly and help keep our roadsides clear of litter, it is hard to understand the mentality of people throwing rubbish from their cars while travelling through such beautiful countryside.

"Not only is it an eyesore and damaging to wildlife it means our waste collection team are having to collect litter alongside a road where drivers are travelling at speeds of 70 miles an hour. It also costs money that could be spent elsewhere.

"Please just take your rubbish home and keep our countryside looking beautiful".

Councillor Sue James

What happens if I drop litter?

Dropping litter is a criminal offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and authorised officers can currently issue fixed penalty notices of £150 for littering offences.

Failure to pay may result in a prosecution before a Magistrates Court where the maximum fine is currently £2,500.

Recent changes to the law mean that litter penalties can be applied to vehicle owners if it can be proved the rubbish was thrown from their car, van or lorry, even if was discarded by a passenger.

Wherever possible the Council investigates reported offences with a view to taking action against offenders to reduce the level of environmental crime.

"Our first message is don't litter, but we also rely on members of the public spotting litter being discarded and contacting us with information so we can catch those responsible".

Sue James

You can report litter in your community here.

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