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This diagram shows the number of bags of litter picked up in Area 10 by the Agency’s contractors since the beginning of 2011.

New contractors, Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald took over on 4th November 2012 under the terms of the Agency’s new Asset Support Contract.

The average number of bags of litter collected per month subsequently declined by 57%!!

The Agency have however pointed out that “Whilst this simple analysis shows a decline in the volume of litter collected, such an exercise can only ever be indicative as there are other factors to consider including the Asset Support Contractor’s risk-based approach to dealing with litter“.

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Timeline

1. April 2012 – I write to roads minister, Mike Penning criticising design of new Asset Support Contract and recommending  negotiations should be suspended until the contract could be revised

2. Oct 2012 – No recorded litter picking by out-going contractor in October

3. Nov 4th 2012 – BBMM take over responsibility for Area 10 under new Asset Support Contract. They do no litter picking for 2 months.

4. Jan 2013 –  New Civil Engineer article reports BBMM as saying  it will do the minimum required under the terms of the contract.

5. Jan 2013 – BBMM state they will only litter pick any section when other maintenance work needs to be carried out.

6. 25 Feb 2013 – Andrew Gwynne MP asks Parliamentary question about littered M60 and M67 in Denton. Roads minister Stephen Hammond said litter-picking had commenced.

7. 22 March 2013 – In answer to further questions from Andrew Gwynne MP Stephen Hammond MP said “The Highways Agency has addressed performance issues that emerged during the early months of the new contract, and the new litter inspection and clearance regime is firmly established.”

8. April 2013 – 172 bags of litter removed from Denton Island, the junction between the M60 amd M67.

9. 8 July 2013 – S Hammond MP in answerr to Andrew Gwynne MPUnder the Code of Practice for Litter and Refuse, the locations along the M67 motorway through Denton and the M60 through Denton and Audenshaw are currently ranked at Grade B (predominantly free of litter and refuse apart from some small items). The M67 is inspected weekly, with the M60 inspected daily. If those inspections identify the need for litter picking to ensure compliance with the code of practice, then the necessary work will be programmed“.

10. 15th January – Andrew Gwynne MP provides new roads minister, Robert Goodwill MP with photographs of heavy accumulations of litter on M67 in Denton

11. 29 Jan 2014 – Robert Goodwill MP inspects M60 and M67 in Denton. In a letter to Andrew Gwynne he said that “Some litter was visible on parts of the motorway we toured. However, In the context of the Agency’s approach to dealing with litter, in accordance with the legislation and the Code of Practice for its assessment and removal, this was not over and above what could have reasonably been expected”. 

12. 8/9th March 2014 – My photo-survey shows M67 in Denton and the first 5 junctions on the M6 were all badly defaced by litter.

13. 25th March 2014 – Highways Agency provided revised figures for litter collections under the new contract covering Jan – Aug 2013 and Sep 2013 – Feb 2014.  They are incorporated into the above chart. In their covering letter they wrote:

“Whilst this simple analysis shows a decline in the volume of litter collected, such an exercise can only ever be indicative as there are other factors to consider including the Asset Support Contractor’s risk-based approach to dealing with litter. As you know, our Asset Support Contractor works to the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act and the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse. We manage their performance in accordance with the Asset Support Contract”.

Peter Silverman
26th March 2014

Postscript

BBMM claim to have picked up  “25,076 bags of litter between January 2015 to March 2015. That equates to an average of 8,358 bags per month or 50 bags per kilometre of road“. In other words they are back to the level in 2011.

Peter Silverman
27th April 2015

 

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