Across most of the country, lockdown restrictions are easing as the government seeks to revitalise the economy. With the return to more normal working patterns comes the return of more traffic on the UK road system. And as road use increases, so does the need for our roadside and layby cleaning service, including hazardous and nuisance waste removal. It’s certainly not the most visible of our services – but cleaner roadsides are an essential part of environmental management. In this blog, we’re going to focus on how our services can help Britain get back to work.
Responsive and responsible roadside and layby cleaning
The UK’s road network stretches around 262,300 miles (or 422,100 kilometres). Obviously, these roads vary enormously in size and capacity, as well as quality. From motorways linking major urban centres to small residential streets, there’s a lot of tarmac out there. Clearing up rubbish and waste from the roadside is the responsibility of private companies employed by the relevant government agency or local council which owns the road.
React’s specialist cleaning services can deal with cleaning and waste removal on or near the road network. This includes a wide range of different elements. One of the most difficult and sensitive areas is providing a rapid response to clear and make safe the aftermath of road traffic accidents (RTA’s). This can include the safe removal of hazardous, biohazardous or pathological waste.
Sometimes our services are required to respond to littering. We’re able to clean lay-bys, rest areas and roadside activity areas, and clear them of waste as necessary. But as well as accidents and carelessness, sometimes the waste that ends up by the roadside is deliberately placed there. We work to remove the eyesore and potential health hazards of indiscriminate fly-tipping. Furthermore, we can restore roadsides to their previous state after temporary campsites have been removed too.
Roadside waste removal that’s sometimes sensitive
The correct collection and disposal of hazardous and bio-hazardous waste is essential to protecting the public and the environment from health and safety risks. This includes biological material and materials that have come into contact or been infected with microbiological and pathological waste. With a greater public awareness and emphasis on infection control, we can limit the risks of travelling on the road network.
React is one of the very few firms with cleaning specialists trained in dealing with trauma on the road network, including cleaning in the aftermath of serious injury and fatalities. Our team is well trained, medically fit, properly equipped, security cleared and fully inoculated. We operate to industry-leading standards, including ISO14001 for Environmental Management. What’s more, we’re a licensed waste carrier, with a fully traceable waste disposal system.
Focusing on lay-bys make for cleaner roadsides
Our experienced, fully vetted operatives are available nationwide to keep public areas such as lay-bys and picnic spaces clean on a scheduled or ad-hoc basis. Proactive and ad-hoc cleaning of these areas from litter and food waste ensures they remain both hygienic and visually appealing. It also negates the likelihood of further costs being incurred through pest removal or drain clearance.
One particular hazard in roadside areas is sharps and needle removal. If public spaces become contaminated with used syringes it is vitally important to clear the area quickly to ensure the safety of members of the public. Our staff are fully insured, vaccinated against all blood-borne viruses, and use robust procedures to clear affected areas quickly and safely. Once collected, any sharps and syringes are disposed of safely and we provide a certificate of disposal.
Everything from fly-tipping clearance to Covid-19 decontamination
We’ve noted before that a particular problem during the lockdown was a surge of illegal dumping of waste. With people clearing out junk from homes or gardens, many local councils reported local spikes in fly-tipping. As Britain’s waste and recycling centres reopen, the incidence of fly-tipping will hopefully abate. Nevertheless, we’re here to address any ongoing problems with our fly-tipping clearance service.
We can respond to any future trends in roadside waste management, too. One increasing observation is an uptick in carelessly discarded face coverings. While these are relatively low-risk in terms of Covid-19 contamination, they do still constitute a biohazard. With our thorough approach to health and safety, we can further reduce the risks by removing all such waste. Now more than ever, our specialist cleaning teams are here to help the road network operate safely and cleanly.
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To find out more about how we deliver cleaner roadsides through our roadside and layby cleaning services, contact one of the team today.
Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the CEO of React Group plc., a business dedicated to specialist cleaning, hygiene and decontamination. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.