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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.

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
  • Dog bins
  • Blocked drains