About the law

There is no legal requirement for a Local Authority to clean roads at any particular frequency although, as a 'duty holder' under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, we do have to ensure that roads and open spaces under our control are cleaned if they become badly littered. 

It is the standard of cleanliness rather than the frequency of cleaning that is important, and programmed cleaning often concentrates on those areas which have most pedestrian or vehicle traffic to enable us to target the worst affected areas of the District.

However we do have to balance the resources available to respond to complaints and deal with litter hotspots.