London Roadside Rubbish Clearance Is More Complicated Than You Would Think


When addressing rubbish clearance along London motorways, within and without the city, most articles focus on the increasing cost, amount of government funding allocated to the task, or level of success. The cost of roadside littering is gigantic across England today, and the cost of collection is equally startling. Statistics are also as significantly worrying, when considering the rate of increase, and the effectiveness with which city councils are grappling with the task.
Absent from this debate however, is the very foundation on which these concerns are pegged. The cost is as high, the burden as gigantic, and the responsibility as overwhelming because in question is an extremely complicated task. What challenges the government is largely determined by the level of complexity roadside rubbish clearance really is. Surprisingly, rubbish collection in general is not so expensive and challenging to evoke so much debate is a developed nation. Rather, roadside rubbish worsens what would otherwise be a cheap, quick, and straightforward process. This article briefly reflects on what really makes roadside rubbish clearance as complex, in modern England. 



Understanding Roadside Rubbish Clearance
Several factors aggravate the task of collecting roadside litter, which compared to other types of rubbish collection and clearance, underscores why the cost is as enormous.

You are driving down a highway from the CBD, and there is a small traffic jam. Consequently, you open a can of energy drink you had bought that morning at the supermarket. You sip the drink casually and release the break occasionally, following the car in front of you.

By the time the jam eases, the can is finished. You do not have a place to put the empty can now. You therefore roll down the widow and throw the can to the roadside. That is not too much of an issue, is it? It is after all, just one can. Well, you are extremely wrong on that conclusion. Let us start by considering the overall cost and government expenditure you have mandated. Within London today, the government oversees the collection of over 550 sacks of roadside litter every day, which is the combination of your can, and a million others. The taxpayer will foot a bill of £40 per sack. By the end of the year, the government will have paid over £8 million, for that year alone, to collect roadside litter.

Remember that you did not thrown out the can to where most people do or should deposit your liter. You simply chose the spot that was most convenient to you. This means that when everybody throws out litter wherever they want, there is neither consistence nor predictability of where the litter will be. The government will simply have to cover every inch of the land on both sides of the many highways in England today. When litter is thrown anywhere, at any time, and by anybody, the result is the scope and inconsistence that roadside rubbish clearance translates to. To cover this huge area every day, and collect all the 550 sacks of roadside litter, it will take so many vehicles, men, and an overwhelming amount of time. However, what is most worrying is that roadside is increasing by 66% every year, and the £8 million annual bill will be insignificant to the cost of roadside rubbish clearance in London alone. Today, no other type of rubbish costs as much as roadside litter, complicated because of a wide scope and unpredictability of coverage, increasing volume, high number of people and vehicles deployed, and the overall government expenditure.

Towards the Future of Roadside Rubbish Clearance


Towards the future, there is a cause for alarm if the current rise of litter collected along motorways in England is sustained. It will be far too expensive for the taxpayer, far too demanding for the government, and progressively destructive of the environment. It is therefore important to acknowledge and understand why, that one piece of litter you throw from your door may be triggering the ruin of the scenery you see whenever driving to or from home. It will take far too much to collect what was once just a piece of rubbish, when you decided to discard it.

Rubbish clearance along the highways will most effectively be resolved not by the government, city council, or private companies entrusted with the task, but by you. By just deciding not to add that one piece to the litter, you will enable a future of a clean, beautiful, and pro-green world. The future depends on you. It depends on what you decide to do. Now you understand why roadside rubbish clearance is as complicated, expensive, and overbearing. Next time you want to throw out the plastic wrapping, remember that, and do something about it.

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