Saved by cuttings

Amber Valley Borough Council saved £8,000 in litter-picking charges on the A38 by working alongside contractors hired to cut the grass verges.

Over five years ago the council stopped litter picking on Sunday mornings when the A38 was less busy due to concerns for staff safety and paid the Highways Agency’s contractor £9,000 a year to complete the work.

But after retendering, the cost rose to £24,000 per year and the council commissioned a traffic management specialist who recommended litter picking while the contractor cut grass verges to save spending mony on traffic managment.

Council workers collected over 400 bags of rubbish, car parts and a sofa over four nights in August while Aone+ workers were cutting grass and only paid £1,000 for labour and tipping.

Simon Gladwin, assistant director of landscape services, told a meeting of Amber Valley’s scrutiny committee he had received a letter of thanks from the Highways Agency and asking if they could recommend this way of working to other local authorities.