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As frequent visitors to Wales I am frustrated that I have share my concerns about the ‘rubbish’ state of the  highways in Wales. Many of the  roads, in particular the M4 from the Severn Crossing and A449/A40 as far as Abergavenny are an eyesore due to continual depositing of litter along their verges.
The lay-bye’s on the trunk roads are particularly disgusting and the policy of not supplying litter bins in most cases is clearly not working.
I have travelled recently on both the aforementioned roads and there is no doubt that the issue regarding litter removal/control is not being taken seriously by local councils and South Wales Trunk Road Agent (SWTRA).
I have also noticed on previous visits to Wales that number of verges have been strimmed/cut back on the trunk roads, leaving previously discarded litter everywhere surely this is an ideal opportunity to address some of the litter problem and have these areas cleared of rubbish whilst they are coned off and therefore more accessible to …

More fly tipping.

This is a copy of an e mail I have just sent to the Parish Clerk for Rattery (near Ashburton, Devon) - 
“For your information we would like to bring to your attention a recent case of fly tipping on the lane just South of ‘Smallcombe Farm’ nr Rattery.  This has taken place between 1430 hours on Saturday and 1130 hours Sunday. We arrived at Small Combe Farm in our camper van mid afternoon Saturday and the rubbish was not there at that time but was in situ when we went for a walk this morning (Sunday). We did see a red car in the lane behaving suspiciously just after dark on Saturday evening but could not confirm any involvement. This sort of behaviour is only too common these days and should not be allowed to go unpunished - but how do ‘we’ deal with it? I will attempt to copy this to SHDC in the hope that you/they can have the rubbish (corrugated asbestos roofing materials in several sacks) removed - but I suppose as local Council Tax payers we will all end up paying and the current SHDC i…

Do you really need coffee 'on the go'?

'MPs are calling for a 25p "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups - and a total ban unless recycling improves.

report by the Environmental Audit Committee says the tax should be used to improve the UK's recycling and reprocessing facilities. The MPs say throwaway cups should be prohibited altogether by 2023 if they are not all being recycled. The government agrees plastic waste is a problem and will seek evidence on a tax on single-use plastics.  The committee's chair, Mary Creagh MP, said: "The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year - that's enough to circle the planet five and a half times.  "Almost none are recycled and half a million a day are littered. Coffee cup producers and distributors have not taken action to rectify this and government has sat on its hands'.          (Source BBC News 5.1.18) So - take your own mugs if you really do need to have coffee on the move - or how much more civilised it would be to retu…

Sleeping Dragon awakes!

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of toxic plastic could be burnt in Britain rather than recycled due to a Chinese import ban, officials have warned. The leaders of the UK’s recycling industry admitted yesterday (31.12.17) they had “no idea” how to cope with the prohibition as the policy came into force.
Britain currently ships around two thirds of its plastic waste to China for recycling, approximately 500,000 tonnes each year.
But the new ban, imposed as part of a drive towards self-sufficiency and in order to prevent environmental contamination, means councils will be forced to send the majority of the waste for incineration or landfill unless alternative markets are found. The move was described as a “huge blow” at a time when public willingness to recycle is high thanks in part to the BBC’s Blue Planet II series. Meanwhile the Government has been criticised for failing to respond quickly enough to the restriction on imports, which was first annou…