Street cleaning

Your local council is responsible for sweeping streets and removing litter. Find out how street litter is removed and how to report any problems.

Council street cleaning

Your local council sweeps roads and footpaths, helping to keep the environment clean. If you feel your street needs cleaning, contact cleansing or environmental services or their alternative at your local council.

Make sure you record the time of your call, the name of the official you spoke to and find out what action they will take and when.

Schools have a responsibility to clear litter and refuse from their own grounds, but not for litter outside the grounds. If a piece of private land is littered, the owner is responsible.

If you have concerns about litter or want to report a problem, you should contact your local council:

It is an offence to drop litter. Local councils can send fixed penalty notices up to £80 for the offence of littering as an alternative to prosecution in the courts. The Courts can impose fines up to £2,500 for littering offences.

Street waste from drug use

Waste from drug use can be disturbing and a health hazard to the public. If you find used drug equipment, you should report this to your local council to arrange for the removal and disposal of needles, syringes and any other drug related items that have been discarded.

Street furniture

Your local authority will provide and maintain street furniture like seating, decorative lighting and cycle racks. These items can be found throughout your district, in streets, on pavements, in town centres and parks.

If you are concerned about the condition or maintenance of any street furniture in your area, contact your local council. Remember to provide exact location details and the condition of the item.

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