Island Roads cleans up

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 

MORE than 5,000 tonnes of litter, dog waste and leaves have been cleared from Isle of Wight roads in the last year.

And over two thirds of it has been diverted from landfill for recycling, according to Isle of Wight highways PFI company Island Roads.

Island Roads cleansing teams collect a large proportion of the waste by hand from litter bins, dog bins and using barrows on the streets. Mechanical sweepers are used where practical.

A spokeswoman said the work also involved cleaning graffiti from public areas, clearing dead animals from the roadside and the disposal of scrap metal, plasterboard and soil.

The busiest month for litter bin emptying was July when more than 75 tonnes were collected, while nearly 30 tonnes of dog mess were cleared from bins in August.

The largest volume of leaf litter, 226 tonnes, was collected in November.

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by Chris Williams

21st May 2014, at 10:19:52

I don't think it's a case of them bragging about what they have done but it's the sorry state of affairs that people still don't take responsibility of putting rubbish in a bin and picking up dog poo.

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by David Blackford

21st May 2014, at 08:47:54

Ho ho - Up to your knees in 30 tons of dog sh*t
Love your remark Keith G - Already recycled by our County Councillors I guess

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by john jones

21st May 2014, at 08:20:51

why all the fuss? its their job and they are getting paid well to do it and to put the effort in to make a good job of it. we all know about dog poo and mindless people who don't care where they throw litter ( or anything else) but some people make a lot of money then expect a medal as well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
as for the birds, its the people who put black bags out the night before that are the problem, its quite simple, put them out on the morning of the collection #@%#

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by David Shoulder

21st May 2014, at 06:37:20

Most early mornings I see Island Roads going to a lot of effort picking up litter (mainly McDonalds) strewn around the parking area on the seaward side of Ryde boating lake. Sometimes it is obvious it has just been dropped out of the car door in an ignorant thoughtless way - but most often it is litter lifted out of the litter bins by hungry big black crows and seagulls of course. It would be a lot cleaner and a lot cheaper in the long run to invest in bins with bird proof lids!

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by Baz Taylor

20th May 2014, at 18:23:14

I bet there's at least 10 tonnes of dog mess still on the islands pavements! I hate seeing it! It's not the dog's fault, it's the disgusting, mindless owners!

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by Colin Russell

20th May 2014, at 16:53:59

At least 30 tons from dog bins and not the roads / pavments, so that tell us there are a lot of good dog owners out there who care,

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by Keith Goodchild

20th May 2014, at 16:53:54

It gets recycled into policies from County Hall

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by William Sykes

20th May 2014, at 15:11:23

If they collected 30 tonnes of dog poo, just imagine how many tonnes there are in total around the island!!

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by David Blackford

20th May 2014, at 14:11:01

30 tons of dog poo!! - the mind boggles - how does it get recycled?

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by john hanson

20th May 2014, at 14:09:18

What they looking for a medal

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