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Motorists advised on hazards of State Highway 35 litter

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is encouraging motorists in Gisborne to do their bit to keep State Highway 35 clean and safe by disposing of rubbish appropriately.

After a series of incidents of littering over time that contractors had had to deal with, NZTA senior network and journey manager Helen Harris is reminding motorists rubbish was an environmental and aesthetic issue that was important to the community.

“While safety is our top priority, it's also important that we look after our environment. Littering is not acceptable and we're reminding motorists to use rubbish bins provided at rest stops or take their rubbish with them.

“Our contractors work hard to carry out various activities on the network to keep everyone safe. They shouldn't have to remove empty beer bottles or fast food packaging from the side of the highway.

“Rubbish can be dangerous for motorists and the clean-up can put the safety of our road workers at risk. Rubbish clean-up diverts resource and funding from other important road maintenance activities. This is all completely avoidable if everyone cleans up after themselves.”