Roads - street cleaning programme

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We are responsible for cleaning public roads and pavements in the borough. This is carried out by our contractor, who cleans the streets according to a schedule. Busy town areas are cleaned more often than rural roads. The schedule makes sure that:

  • Town centres and busy shopping areas are usually cleaned daily
  • Town centre and shopping area litter bins are usually emptied daily
  • Residential roads and urban main roads are cleaned at different frequencies, depending on footfall, but usually every six to eight weeks
  • Main roads, e.g. the A26 and A20, are usually cleaned monthly (although verges may be litter picked more often)
  • Rural roads and lanes are generally cleaned less frequently, particularly where there are no footways to ensure cleansing of verges can be carried out safely
  • On some high speed roads with no footways, cleansing of verges can only be carried out when road closures are in place for other maintenance works

We also check how clean roads and pavements are and may arrange extra cleaning by our "hit squad" if any area gets heavily littered.

Cleaning is carried out by litter picking, sweeping by hand or sweeping using a machine (or a combination of these). This work is checked to make sure roads and pavements are being cleaned to a good standard. If the standard is not reached, the contractor is asked to return and put things right.

How you can help

Please help to keep our borough clean by using the litter bins and dog waste bins provided or by taking your rubbish home. If litter was not dropped, the money spent cleaning our roads and footpaths could be used elsewhere.

If you see an area that is badly littered or has been fly-tipped, please report it.


Local businesses can sign up to support the Cleaner Borough Campaign through Food on the Go, a voluntary code of practice to help reduce food litter.

Further Information

Contact the Waste Services Team if you need more information on street cleansing.