ENV 3c: Street Cleanliness Score
Summary definition

This is a measure of the quality of the street cleansing services provided by councils. The Cleanliness Score (% areas assessed as clean using A and B Code of Practice definitions) allows authorities to manage for improvement by tackling litter problem areas to achieve better results.

Various factors will affect the overall cleanliness within a council’s area. These will include:

  • Council policy on litter picking to a greater extent rather than street sweeping.
  • The lack of litter bins, especially in town centres.
  • Awareness and education of the public is a key priority and this will be done through actions and campaigns to alert the general public to the problems associated with cleanliness and in particular dog fouling.
  • The adoption and implementation of enforcement powers available to councils.

Why do we measure this?

The cleanliness index is achieved following inspection of a sample of streets and other relevant land.

Relevant streets and land are defined in the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse 1999. Streets and land refers to those areas for which the council is responsible. The index provides an indication of the standards of cleanliness in a council’s area on four grades.

This measure includes % of streets receiving A and B code of practice definitions (i.e. no litter and predominately free of litter and refuse with no accumulations) and provides a measure of the % of streets considered ‘acceptably clean’.

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