Greg Aplin’s win on rubbish ratbags

Rubbish frequently builds up behind the fences on the Albury-Wodonga Hume Freeway, leading the authorities to step up collections to six times a year. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Rubbish frequently builds up behind the fences on the Albury-Wodonga Hume Freeway, leading the authorities to step up collections to six times a year. Picture: TARA GOONAN

RUBBISH will be picked up from the edges of the Hume Freeway’s Albury section more often in the future.

Clean-ups will be conducted every two months instead of once every three months to try to make the southern entrance to the city more attractive.

The move follows a noticeable increase in the amount of roadside litter and a review of the maintenance schedule.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said yesterday he hoped the increased collections would make a difference, but also said the issue was those who littered in the first place.

“We need to encourage people to retain litter and dispose of it in the correct way,” he said.

“It comes down to training people to be more conscious about keeping public areas clean.”

Mr Aplin was aware of the rubbish problem and wrote to Roads Minister Duncan Gay, as well as the regional manager of Roads and Maritime Services.

Mr Aplin gained their support for an improved outcome.

“I have been advised that litter collection will increase to six times a year,” he said.

“Previously it was four times a year — hopefully it will make a difference.”

Mr Aplin said a further review of the maintenance schedule for the mound south of the Fallon Street overpass and the south exit ramp at East Street would be undertaken to improve the appearance.

Local traffic committee chairman Graham Docksey said the council welcomed any increase in litter collection that helped make the entrance to Albury more attractive.

Cr Docksey said litter was always an issue along the Albury stretch of the Hume Freeway.

“Apart from the fact there’s a penalty for littering, it’s laziness to not keep the rubbish in the car until you find a bin,” he said.

“There’s no excuse for it.”

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