Kent councils work together on litter crackdown

A new campaign to tackle littering on the county's roads is being supported at the Folkestone motorway service area, Stop 24.

JULIE DAVIS (LEFT) CLUSTER MANAGER FOR SHELL SERVICES AND MAYAN RAI NEWS AND THUMBNAIL IMAGE

Staff at the Shell fuel forecourt even feature on posters which are displayed at the site. 

The Drive Down Litter campaign includes the introduction of a range of new litter bins at both Folkestone and Maidstone Services to make it as easy as possible for motorists to get rid of all types of rubbish. There are bins featuring wider mouths and bullseye targets suitable for 'drive-by' use, and giant funnel bins for lorry drivers so they can bin their waste without even having to leave their cabs.

 Litter is a problem across the country, not just here. This kind of campaign can't come too soon. Hopefully we'll see a big improvement. Julie Davis, a manager for Shell Services

The Kent Resource Partnership, made up of the 13 councils across Kent - including Folkestone & Hythe District Council - has brought the environmental charity, Hubbub, to the county to run the #DriveDownLitter campaign.  The initiative has attracted the sponsorship and support of Highways England, Shell, Costa Express and Roadchef.

The 13 Kent councils are already working hard to drive down litter on Kent's high speed roads. We welcome this opportunity to work with other partners.
Our aims are simple - to make it easier for motorists to do the right thing and recycle their empty bottles and coffee cups, and to promote a culture where littering is not accepted - especially given our county's proud reputation as the Garden of England. Cllr Rory Love, Chairman of the Kent Resource Partnership and Cabinet Member at Folkestone & Hythe District Council

It is hoped that if this six month pilot is successful, it will be rolled out across England's 1,800 miles of motorways, which are often used by a small, irresponsible minority of motorists as dumping grounds for bottles, cups, fast food leftovers, newspapers, wet wipes and many other items.

Published on 26 June 2018