A motorist was so outraged by the amount of rubbish littering a motorway he stopped his car – and collected two bin bags full of junk.
Simon Owens, 50, was disgusted when he pulled off the M5 at Bridgwater, Somerset, and found it blighted by crisp packets, drink cartons and road debris.
So he later returned to Junction 23 with a pair of gloves and dodged the traffic as he collected all the rubbish near the sliproad by hand.
He then left the two bags of junk at the roadside with a sign reading: “Please leave litter in car, thank you!”.
Simon, a cabinet maker, describes himself as an ‘amateur litter picker’ and frequently gives up his own time to clear up public areas blighted by rubbish.
He said: “Britain is clean in many areas but our roadsides are absolutely disgraceful.
“Grass verges are often covered in plastic bags and coke cans – I think drivers just don’t care, and chuck whatever they’re eating out of the window.
“Even so, I was shocked when I saw all that rubbish by junction 23, so I had to stop and do my part for humanity.
“A lot of countries do not care as much about litter as we do but we could always care more.
“My belief is we don’t need clean verges but I believe we want them. I want to live on a planet that gives the impression that human beings care about where they live.”
Divorcee Simon, of Sturminster Newton, Dorset, has launched his own website, www.
He said: “I am very keen on keeping Britain tidy. It’s something I’m very passion about.
For 25 years I have wanted to make an impression on the cleanliness of everywhere.
“So much rubbish is thrown from car windows. Hopefully litter pickers like myself can come together to clean up the British Isles as soon as possible.”