For reporting of needles or dead animals go to Report it

For other street cleaning/litter please see below to find out how often we visit each area for street cleaning. This is a scheduled service rather than a reactive one. 

    • Bath city centre – daily. 
    • Outer Bath residential areas  To make the most of limited resources, we do not visit every road or street in the zone – only those that need cleaning.
    • Main shopping areas – daily Radstock, Midsomer Norton, Keynsham and Saltford – We have a daily street cleaning presence in each of these places and cover areas according to need and where it is on our rota.
    • Rural areas – We aim to visit rural areas every 7-8 weeks.
      • Keynsham mechanical sweeping
      • Midsomer Norton mechanical sweeping
      • Radstock Peasedown mechanical sweeping
      • Rural mechanical sweeping main village roads
      • Rural village litter picking main roads in villages
    • Parishes – 18 parishes take part in the Street Cleaning Scheme. It is the responsibility of these Parish Councils to make sure their streets are clear and litter free. Find their contact details on our webpage Parish Council contacts Parishes that are in the Street Cleaning Scheme are:
Batheaston Cameley Camerton Chew Magna
Chew Stoke Clutton East Harptree Englishcombe
Farmborough Freshford High Littleton Hinton Charterhouse
Monkton Combe Paulton South Stoke Timsbury
Ubley Wellow

Weed removal

This is carried out every spring throughout Bath and North East Somerset and is a scheduled proactive service.

Removal of litter from verges

Main road litter picking

On dangerous main roads we have to close down lanes in order to litter pick grass verges safely. This is expensive and time consuming. Staff need to undertake specific training to be qualified to close lanes. It is a dangerous job.

Street and verge cleaning is funded from Council Tax. It costs us approximately £30K per year to litter pick our main road verges - and we have many requests from residents to spend a lot more and carry out more litter picking. It is really frustrating for everyone to see litter on our verges.

The majority of litter cleared is fast food packaging and items thrown from vehicles. This litter would not exist if people took responsibility for the waste they create. The money spent cleaning grass verges could be better spent on other essential services for residents.

We litter pick our main roads (mostly A & B classifications) once per year in Spring. The programme begins in March. It takes us about 6 weeks to get around all of the roads.

We use stop/go boards on single carriageways. On dual carriageways we work with traffic management companies to cone off lanes.

Part of the A46 (and A4 from London Road to the Bathford roundabout) and the A36 come under the control of Highways England tel: 0300 123 5000

Although we are responsible for litter picking these roads, we can only do the work on the A46 here when Highways England say it is safe to do, as it's a dangerous high speed road. This is usually early in the morning or overnight, when lanes are being closed for safety works. There is no set time for us to do this.

The A36 is cleaned in Spring.

Any litter picking on the A4 Keynsham Bypass and the A4 Globe dual carriageway is planned in with other essential routine work to avoid the need for additional lane closures. This is usually twice a year in June and November. Keep an eye on our social media - Facebook and Twitter to see the results of the cleansing work that we carry out.


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