Local authorities have a statutory duty under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA)1990 to ensure public spaces and highways are kept free from litter and refuse as far as is reasonably practicably (as detailed in the Code of Practice on Litter & Refuse (Nov 2006)).
To comply with the legislation the Council provides a service that is responsible for the following operations:
• Cleaning all streets, footways and open spaces that are in public ownership.
• Removal of graffiti.
• Removal of fly-tipping.
• Emptying of litter and dog bins.
• Collection of dead animals both domestic and wild
• Collection of domestic bulky waste, which is a chargeable service
Streets are cleaned following a schedule which is set to reflect the amount of use that an area receives, on a frequency varying from daily 7 days per week in the town centre to 6 weekly on footpaths in suburban areas. The majority of the Borough's streets are swept by a mechanical sweeper on a three week schedule.
During the summer months, a seasonal foreshore cleaner is employed to patrol the busy seafront areas from the Lee-on-the-Solent boundary through to Hill Head. The Cleaner undertakes litter picking along the foreshore, in seafront car parks and in the surrounding public spaces. Between the months of November to March the frequency of cleansing is reduced.
The service also litter picks and cleans car parks, subways, footbridges, cemeteries, the Council's housing drying and service areas, open spaces, bring bank areas, shopping precincts, street furniture. In addition, the team clear dog fouling, leaf and blossom fall and collect abandoned shopping trolleys.
This above work is carried out by an operative in a van assigned to an area of the Borough. To facilitate this, the Borough is divided into six areas listed below:
An additional team is employed in the busy Town Centre area.
The Council attempts to clean graffiti from all Council owned structures within thirty working days of it being reported. Offensive graffiti is usually cleaned within five working days. The Council can also remove graffiti from private domestic property free of charge, subject to the landowner signing a consent form.
Fly tipping on public land will be removed on receipt of notice from the public or police within five working days.
There are approximately 600 litter bins located throughout the Borough. The bins are emptied on a frequency varying from three times a day, in the busy pedestrian shopping areas, through to weekly in some suburban streets and greenways. The Council receives many questions about the provision of bins and the answers can found on this Q&A page.
The Council collects dead domestic and wild animals that have been involved in road traffic accidents on the highway usually within 24 hours of it being reported. If domestic animals have been micro chipped the Council will endeavour to make contact with the owners.
The Council provides a chargeable service for all domestic properties in the Borough for the collection of bulky household items such as furniture and large household appliances.
Weeds on pavements are the responsibility of Hampshire County Council. For further information please see their website.
Love Where You Live is a campaign that aims to inspire, encourage and enable us to make where we live, work and play the kind of place we really want it to be. It's about making a difference ourselves, whether as individuals, groups, local authorities or companies.
There are many volunteers and organisations that already make a difference in their local area or along Fareham's coastline by undertaking regular litter picking sessions and beach cleans.
If you would like to become involved please let us know and we can put you in contact with existing groups or help you set up a new one.
If you would like any further information on Street Cleansing please contact Customer Services on Tel:01329 236100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org