London, 26 August 2003.
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ABD Supports "Don't Be A Tosser" Campaign
The ABD has voiced its wholehearted support for a new 'Keep Britain Tidy' campaign spearheaded by singer & actress Jennifer Ellison.

The campaign calls on drivers to stop tossing rubbish out of their cars, and dumping rubbish by the roadside.
 
ABD Environment Spokesman, Ben Adams said:
"It never ceases to amaze me that people drive out of towns to enjoy the countryside and then throw their rubbish out of the window, which spoils the very scenery they've come to see."
The ABD says there is never any excuse for throwing rubbish out of the car, but calls on councils to alleviate the problem by ensuring adequate litter bins are provided in all lay-bys.
 
ABD Road Safety Spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie added:
"Quite apart from the environmental impact, litter can be a hazard to road users as drivers may swerve to avoid objects in the carriageway."
Some people use their car door pockets as rubbish bins, and the ABD suggests that car manufacturers could help reduce litter by making part of the door pocket a proper bin with a lid and removable liner for emptying.
 

This sign at a Warwickshire County Council dump at Grendon is typical of the excessive restrictions imposed at official dumps. The sign on the left indicates that such unreasonable policies create further serious problems.
The problem of bags of rubbish intentionally dumped by the roadside is exasperated by the petty restrictions some councils impose on household rubbish collection. One council in Sussex has recently caused an outrage by saying it will no longer empty 240 litre wheelie bins, only 120 litres, and extra bags will not be taken no matter how big the household.
 
With regard to the intentional dumping of larger items by the roadside, the ABD must also highlight the inadequacy of many council dumps. They are often poorly sited where there is no room for cars to queue safely, they are usually not sign posted, open limited hours, and have inadequate capacity. This causes traffic jams to build up, which apart from compromising safety can discourage people from using the dumps.
 
We know of one teenage boy who was injured on a pedestrian crossing in Harpenden, Hertfordshire because he crossed between cars queuing for a dump that is located in a residential area. Dumps should always be located in industrial areas or out of town.
 
Councils also often impose further petty restrictions on the kind of vehicle people can turn up in, effectively encouraging people to dump their rubbish elsewhere.
 
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said:
"Councils could do a lot to alleviate roadside dumping by improving household collections and amenities at official dumps."

 

 
Notes for Editors

Follow up:
Dorset Fire & Rescue — Appalling consequence of cigarette thrown from car window