Wealden Council is appealing for help in tracing a vehicle which dropped a load of office paper along the A22 Uckfield bypass yesterday.
The paper was unused and shed on the northern section of the bypass during the afternoon.
The council said: “It was spread along the road for several hundred metres between the Copwood and Black Down roundabouts, causing a distraction and danger to other road users.”
If you have information or dash cam footage that could help trace the vehicle the council would like to hear from you on 01323 443322, or by email email@example.com.
Most of the paper – described as ‘Antalis Image Indigo’ printing paper – was cleared quickly by volunteers who posted about the incident on the Facebook page One bloke with a litter picker.
The paper was discovered after three weekends of deep cleaning by local volunteers who gathered about 200 bags of litter, plus bits of old car, fly-tipped items and discarded traffic signs.
The Facebook post said: “That makes what happened all the more upsetting … The good news is that volunteers dealt with it swiftly, you don’t spend three weekends and more cleaning a road, only to let an incident like this ruin all your work.
“So we’ve cleared most of it up again, and the few bits which remain will be cleared over the next few days, it was important to get to it before it was blown further into the undergrowth and before it got softened and shredded by rain and wind.
“Wealden District Council and Biffa have been informed, and evidence as to how this happened and who caused it is required.
“Did anybody witness the actual shedding of the load? It must have been quite dramatic (and dangerous), as this paper was EVERYWHERE, and could easily have caused an accident when it happened or after.
“Please share, and let’s see if we can find out what (and who) caused this. Whilst it was no doubt an accident, it was a huge mistake and Britain’s roadsides are in the state they are in as much due to badly secured loads as they are to inconsiderate litterers, so this kind of thing does need to be pursued, and stopped.”