More than 4,000 sacks of litter have been collected from Yorkshire’s motorways so far this year.
Highways England’s contractors, A-one+, collected 4,018 sacks of litter from the motorway network from the beginning of January to the end of April.
Some of the unusual items collected so far include money, push bikes, fridges, settees, and a bin full of rubbish collected from the A1(M).
In total, workers collected 13,780 sacks of litter last year – a 55% increase on 2014. This is the equivalent of 53 sacks of litter every weekday of the year and, if laid side by side, would be enough to cover the pitch at Wembley Stadium.
And as the warmer weather starts to arrive, Highways England is urging motorists to tackle the problem by bagging and binning their rubbish.
Highways England service delivery team leader for Yorkshire and the Humber Roger Wantling said: “Our contractors collect vast amounts of litter from motorways every year, but we’d much rather they spend their time carrying out other essential maintenance work.
“The litter on our roads can cause a hazard to drivers, our workers and wildlife, so I’d urge everyone to keep a bag in their car which they can use for rubbish, and then put it in the bin when they get home.
“We are always targeting known litter hotspots and it would be great if these hotspots remained free of litter in the weeks and months ahead.”
Pictures show the A1(M) before and after the clean up.