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Street Cleansing

Street Cleansing

Burnley Council’s street cleansing programme ensures frequent cleaning of the streets to remove litter, foliage or any other items which could pose a health risk to public health and safety.

Burnley Council will aim to:

·         Continuously clean town centres

·         Remove accumulations of rubbish from council land

·         Empty litter bins before they are full

·         Help with your locally organised clean-ups

Street litter bins

The Council provide and maintain litter bins to try and prevent littering in public places.

The Environmental Protection Act of 1990 states that if a person drops, throws, deposits, or leaves anything that causes defacement in a public place, they are committing a littering offence. So always try to use a litter bin or take it home.

If you need to report a damaged bin, request a new one or for one to be emptied please contact us on the details below.


The penalty for dropping litter is £80.00. If you see someone dropping litter, please record as much information as possible. If you can provide details such as the person or company name, vehicle registration number, date, time and location and we will investigate.


We advise members of the public not to pick up needles, unless it poses an immediate danger to you or other residents.

You will need to report any discarded syringes to the Streetscene Unit.

Please note- if any needles or syringes etc are found on educational premises during working hours, this should be reported immediately to the premises directly where staff on site are trained to deal with such items.

Community Litter Picking (Become a Volunteer)

If you are a resident (or group) and are interested in undertaking litter picking on a voluntary basis within your locality,you can register your interest here.

The Council will provide equipment such as litter pickers, gloves, hi-visibility vests, and bin hoops for the collection of waste. 

Once you have carried out a litter pick, the Council are to be notified of any waste collected in order to arrange removal and waste is to be presented at an agreed location. 

You will be required to complete a disclaimer which will be sent out to you in the post, along with a pre-paid envelope. The disclaimer must be signed and returned to Streetscene. Once returned an officer will contact you to discuss dropping off the equipment

Report, apply or book online

By using the 'Report' icon at the top of this page (and on every page on this website) you can now report issues at the click of a button. You can also sort out things like bulky waste collections through the 'Book' icon, or pay for your garden waste collection service at 'Pay'. These will re-direct you to our online forms, you maybe required to login and/or create an account. 

Or simply click the links below to get straight to the service you need.

Report Loose Litter and Dog Foul

Request a new litter or dog foul bin

Report a full litter and/or dog bin

Report hazardous materials

Report a dead animal

Community Litter Picking

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