Drivers are being urged to report litter problems after a large pile of rubbish was spotted on the side of A38 near Burton.
Highways England says it is often tasked with cleaning up the numerous piles of rubbish up and down carriageways across the UK. But in this case, close to the Claymills junction, it was the responsibility of South Derbyshire District Council and not East Staffordshire Borough Council as first reported, despite the litter appearing in the Staffordshire.
However, it is not believed the council was told about the littering and it has now asked that examples of litter problems should be reported to it so it can act.
In the Claymills case there is a bin, but rubbish, including food wrappers and plastic bottles were strewn along the side of the road.
According to Keep Britain Tidy the national litter problem is estimated to cost the taxpayer more than £850 million a year to clear away.
Highways England is only responsible for cleaning litter on motorways and a small number of A roads, and every year it removes 200,000 sacks of litter from the roads it manages.
The agency works in partnership with a range of other organisations, including local authorities, to tackle the problem.
Litter is known as a threat to wildlife and a dangerous hazard to road users, whilst creating danger for road workers who are at risk from traffic while they collect discarded items.
The Burton Mail has passed on details of the issue at Claymills to the council.
A South Derbyshire District Council spokesman said: "The Council clears litter from A-roads, including lay-bys and bins, on a regular basis.
"We work hard to keep the District clean and tidy and anyone caught dropping litter can be issued with a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice by one of our Safer Neighbourhood Wardens.
"The litter highlighted on the A38 will be cleared at the earliest opportunity.
"We hope members of the public will support our efforts to maintain high standards of cleanliness by either using the bins provided or taking their litter home.
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