The Council employs a workforce of 21 trained operatives to cleanse and maintain public highways, footways and the town centres. All cleansing operations are carried out to achieve standards in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The workforce is aided with mechanical assistance that includes two large channel sweepers and two mini sweepers. There are also four area-based mobile vehicles that are deployed to manage 4 geographical areas split across the borough. As well as this there is a separate team providing litter support to our in house grounds maintenance section. This additional team removes litter from the council's parks and open spaces.
The scale of the problem
Litter accumulation is unsightly and gives a poor impression of the Borough to residents and visitors. To measure the scale of the problem we undertake three major litter surveys per annum in accordance with the Best Value Performance Indicator 199. These surveys provide additional information regarding litter accumulation and general appearance of an area so that we can deploy our resources to restore an areas appearance, which is of an acceptable standard.
What we cleanse
- The teams cleanse adopted highways (streets that are owned by the council), footpaths, car parks and Open Spaces.
- Our four main town centres, which comprise of Beeston, Stapleford, Kimberley and Eastwood are cleansed on a daily basis. Mechanical sweeping is undertaken on a weekly basis to remove smaller items of litter. Residential areas are swept at a maximum of every twelve weeks and areas that are deemed as problematic are visited on a more regular basis.
- Our sweeping programme covers the whole year and is amended if weather conditions deteriorate in the winter months. During the autumn months extra resources are deployed to carry out leaf fall clearance.
- Dog fouling is removed from pedestrian areas and over two hundred bins are emptied and serviced every week.
- Over 700 litter bins are spreads across the borough and are emptied and serviced every week.
- 416km of pavement and channels are weed killed twice per annum using specialist contractors. This operation is normally carried out in spring and late summers, weather permitting.
- Abandoned hypodermic needles from council owned land are removed using trained staff within 24 hours.
How you can help us
- Please do not drop litter – it costs you for us to clean it up.
- Please pick up your dog mess and deposit it in the specially designed dog bins.
- Please encourage your children to use litter bins on their way to and from school.
Page Last Updated: 21/09/2011