Litter

Plastic bags, cardboard and drink cans on a grassed area

The Council has a duty to keep streets and public places clear of litter. We spend approximately £1.6m of your money every year on keeping our Borough clean and tidy. We provide litter bins in public places and maintain our streets by cleaning them regularly to avoid a build-up of litter.

We have different schedules for cleaning litter, emptying litter bins and road sweeping, depending on where it is.

Road sweeping: PDFRoad sweeping routes during 2016 [PDF 263KB]

Road and footpath sweeping is currently suspended to work on prioritising leaf fall areas. Sweeping with be resumed early in 2017.

You can help us keep Calderdale clean by:

  • being tidy with your litter and chewing gum;
  • using the free refuse tips;
  • having waste collection contracts for your business;
  • not leaving your dog's mess for others;
  • not 'Fly posting', it is untidy and illegal;
  • not parking where you want us to clean;
  • reporting full, overflowing, damaged or defaced litter and dog bins.

We will:

  • continuously clean town centres;
  • clean adopted roads and paths every 4 to 6 weeks;
  • remove accumulations of rubbish from council land;
  • empty litter bins;
  • help with your locally organised clean-ups.

Note: We only do additional cleaning to remove fallen leaves in November and December.

Fines

Dropping litter is an offence. Our enforcement officers can issue fixed penalty notice fines of £80, to people who deliberately drop litter. If you are fined and do not pay, you may be prosecuted through court. This can lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

Report it online

You can request our services online:

Report litter

Report damaged / overflowing bin

Request new litter bin

Community clean up campaigns

We also organise clean-up campaigns with community groups. As well as working with schools to make children aware of problems caused by littering. See: Cleaner neighbourhoods - get involved .