Street cleaning in Purbeck
In Purbeck we provide and regularly empty over 365 litter bins, and we have a duty to clear litter and refuse from the land and highways we are responsible for.
It is estimated that £540 million is spent by local authorities in England every year on street cleaning and litter clearance.
Street cleansing is the removal of grit, mud, litter, grease, debris and leaf fall from adopted highways. This includes the removal of litter from verges and footways alongside adopted highways, footways generally mean tarmac paths that are independent of a road such as those running through housing estates.
Report it online
You can report street litter online directly to Purbeck District Council.
There is no legal requirement for a local authority to clean roads at any particular frequency although, as s '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, therefore the programme of sweeping concentrates on those areas which have the most pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
This allows us to target the most polluted areas of the District, this balances our resources so we can respond to complaints and deal with litter hotspots.
Zoning and grading
All public areas in Purbeck have been classified into one of four main land zones, which are set out in the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (pdf, 792kb) (opens in a new window) . If a site falls to a grade C or D for either litter or refuse, or detritus, it is deemed to be unacceptable, and should be rectified within the set response times as laid out below:
High intensity of use
|Busy public areas||Half a day - this means by 6pm if reported by 1pm; or by 1pm the next day if reported between 1pm and 6pm on the previous day|
Medium intensity of use
|"Everyday" areas, including most housing areas occupied by people most of the time||1 day - this means by 6pm the following evening.|
Low intensity of use
|Lightly trafficked areas that do not impact upon most people's lives most of the time||14 days|
Areas with special circumstances
|Situations where issues of health and safety, reasonableness and practicality are dominant considerations when undertaking environmental maintenance work||28 days - or as soon as reasonably practicable|
- Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Dorset Waste Partnership (Purbeck)
Name: Dorset Waste Partnership (Purbeck)
Tel: 01929 557279
Fax: 01929 557351
Full details for Dorset Waste Partnership (Purbeck)