Street cleaning in Weymouth and Portland
In Weymouth and Portland we provide and regularly empty over 400 litter bins, and we have the duty to clear litter and refuse from the land and highways we are responsible for.
Street cleaning in the town centre, sea front and beach area are done in the early hours of the morning and members of the public are often unaware of it, although they benefit from the result. Street cleansing is the removal of grit, mud, litter, grease, debris and leaf fall from adopted highways.
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. We focus more on the standard of cleanliness rather than the frequency, although some areas will have a higher frequency than others. Therefore the program of sweeping concentrates on those areas which have the most pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
Zoning and grading
Weymouth & Portland is divided into zones, which apply to the main land use of that particular area. Although litter is unacceptable anywhere in the borough, the time that the council or other Duty Holder has to restore a littered area to a reasonable condition varies according to its zone and the level of littering.
The Zones, Grades and response times are set out in Government's Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse. Land is categorised as one of four grades according to the amount of litter that is present as follows:
Grade A - area is free from litter
Grade B - not much litter apart from a few small items
Grade C - quite a lot of litter with small build-ups
Grade D - a lot of litter with big build-ups
What is litter? The word 'Litter' is a very broad term and is fairly non-specific. Generally litter can often be described as something related to smoking, eating and drinking, which is improperly discarded.
The council removes syringes from the highway and public places. We do remove them from private land if easily accessible.
Syringes are sometimes found in public toilets. We ask our cleaning contractor to remove them, but if found please report them.
Please report any syringes found in public places using the contact details below and we will arrange for them to be removed.
Fly tipping, graffiti and Gum removal
Fly tipping is dealt with by Environmental Health to whom any reports should be made in the first instance. The cleansing department will clear it from council responsible land. The Cleansing Department also arrange for graffiti to be cleaned off and removed from council property.
We have a rolling gum and stain removal program using high pressure and high temperature water.
What you can do:
If you have a hedge outside your property, make sure it does not obstruct or overhang any footpaths. Overgrown hedges outside houses are a hazard to people walking by and an obstruction to our staff trying to clean pavements. Note: High hedges can also be a nuisance
If you have a gravel driveway, make sure it does not encroach onto the public highway. Loose gravel is a hazard to people using the footpath and an additional pressure on the cleansing service
Dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets can receive a fixed penalty notice
Whether you are eating on the go, or cleaning out your pockets on the way to work, find the nearest litter bin and use it! Litter is dangerous to pets and wildlife, encourages pests such as rats and spoils the appearance of the borough. If you are caught littering you could receive a fixed penalty notice
We aim to maintain Weymouth's beach to their award winning status.
What is covered:
The beach is cleansed every day from May-Sept and twice a month during the closed season
The promenade and associated car parks are cleansed daily
The servicing of public recycling facilities
The servicing of public litter and dog waste bins
BBQ's are not advised on Weymouth Beach, there are allocated BBQ areas in the Nothe Gardens and also at Lodmoor Country Park. However if you do decide to have a BBQ on Weymouth beach you may be asked to extinguish it if it becomes an annoyance to other beach users (for example if it is smoking) or if it becomes a hazard (for example large uncontrollable flames)
Beach BBQ Etiquette
Never bury your BBQ in the sand or shingle when you have finished with it because it retains heat for a long time and could cause injury to a person or animal if stepped on
Never put a used BBQ in to a bin take it home to dispose of safely
Always leave the beach as you would like to find it
Always consider other beach users
How you can help us
When visiting the beach, please take your waste away with you or use the bins provided
Do not take dogs onto the beach outside of designated times and locations
Services Available for Hire
The hot wash is available for cleaning gum and stains off forecourts and other hard standings
Large and small mechanical sweepers are available for a wide range of private sweeping jobs
Contact us online about rubbish and/or recycling.