Litter and street cleaning

Litter and Street Cleaning

All adopted highways (pavements and roads) are cleansed every five weeks. Some areas around schools, shops and busy areas, and certain parks, council owned car parks and certain open spaces will be cleansed more often.

The council does not cleanse land belonging to private individuals, un-adopted highways, housing associations or businesses. If you think there are cleansing issues on their land you should contact the organisations directly. 

When we cleanse an area we use a combination of litter picking, manual sweeping and mechanical sweeping depending on the needs of the area.   

We split our cleansing schedules into five weeks. This means that every area will be visited at least once during this time. Some locations are visited more frequently so that they receive fortnightly, weekly or even daily visits – such as busy shopping areas. As we cleanse the whole of the borough on a scheduled basis, you can only report dangerous litter so that we can remove it quickly.

Please note that our cleansing schedules can be delayed by bad weather such as snow when we suspend cleansing so that our crews can help with gritting and other work.

You can get involved in local clean-up activities, such as the Big Spring Clean.

Litter and dog mess bins

There are hundreds of litter and dog bins across the borough which are emptied at least once a week.  In busy locations they are emptied more frequently.

Litter and dog mess bins have only been installed where they will be well used, are not subject to vandalism or cause a nuisance to nearby properties or others using the area.

If a litter or dog bin is vandalised repeatedly we will remove it, and where possible move it to an alternative nearby location.   Please note that we will not replace litter or dog bins where they have been removed due to vandalism.

We don’t accept requests for new locations for litter or dog mess bins unless the location has changed significantly such as a new housing or public development. In this case, please call the council’s call centre on 0121 368 1177 and they can log a request for a litter or dog bin site survey to be carried out.  

Did you know that you can put bagged dog mess in a dog or litter bin, or take it  home and put in your domestic grey wheelie bin? Just make sure that it is double wrapped and tied securely.

You can let us know about the following issues on our report it page:

  • Dangerous litter
  • Dog mess
  • Dead animals
  • Flytipping 
  • Flyposting
  • Graffiti
  • Litter bins - full or damaged
  • Dog bins - full or damaged
  • Blocked drains