Street cleaning - overview

In order to keep our streets clean and litter free we carry out:

  • Removal of litter
  • Removal of detritus (grit or dead vegetation)

If you notice a street or area that you feel requires cleansing you can report it to our Waste Service Contractor on 0800 3286023.

Frequency of street cleaning

North Hertfordshire is divided into prescribed zone types according to the main use of the land. Although litter is unacceptable anywhere in the District, the time that the Council or other Duty Holder has to bring a littered area to a reasonable condition varies according to its zone and the amount of litter. The zones, grades and response times are set out in the Government’s Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse.

Land is categorised as one of four grades according to the amount of litter and detritus (grit, dead vegetation etc) that is present.

All streets should be maintained to an acceptable level of cleanliness (grade A or B) as described by the Government’s Code of Practice on litter and refuse:

Grade For litter and refuse For detritus
Grade A No litter or refuse No detritus
Grade B Predominately free of litter and refuse apart from some small items Predominately free of detritus except for some light scattering
Grade C Widespread distribution of litter and/or refuse with minor accumulations Widespread distribution of detritus with minor accumulations
Grade D Heavily affected by litter and/or refuse with significant accumulations Heavily affected by detritus with significant accumulations

The following organisations are also ‘Duty Holders’ and have responsibility to keep their premises free from litter and to restore land under their control which has become littered, to an acceptable standard within a certain amount of time, as laid down in the Code of Practice.

  • Educational establishments
  • The Railway Authority
  • Crown authorities
  • Hertfordshire County Council

Commercial premises holders and residents in the district are also responsible for keeping their premises clean.

Littering

Littering is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Dropping litter is illegal. People who are caught depositing litter can be fined or prosecuted at court. Authorised officers have the power to issue a fixed penalty notice of £75, as an alternative to prosecution in court. If the offender is convicted in court the fine could rise to £2,500.

For more information view our Street Litter page.

Dog fouling

Bags should be used for any mess and disposed of in a dog bin or in a litter bin. View our web page for more information on how we are tackling dog fouling .