Street cleaning programme

We clean adopted roads and paths to keep areas looking clean and tidy and to ensure that people can use roads and pavements safely.  Since 2011 the council agreed a change in the street cleaning schedule in order to make savings of £2.8 million from the Neighbourhood Services budget. We no longer have the capacity to operate outside of the scheduled programme unless there is an immediate health or safety risk associated with accumulations of litter.

In April 2015 Bolton at Home appointed a private sector operator to maintain communal land on former council estates. Bolton council no longer has any responsibility for land belonging to Bolton at Home that does not form part of the adopted highway.

You can find out when your area is next due for a street clean by clicking on the Resident tab at the top of this page and following the "Find my nearest" link. You can also find maps showing all adopted roads/paths and council land.  

We will:

  • Continuously clean town centres
  • Clean  adopted roads and paths on various frequencies from three to eighteen times a year.
  • Remove accumulations of rubbish from council land
  • Empty litter bins 
  • Help with your locally organised clean-ups

You can help us 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's untidy and illegal
  • Not parking where you want us to clean
  • Liking our Facebook page by clicking the button below

Street litter bins

Litter on streets is unsightly and creates a negative impression of an area. Always try to use a litter bin where possible or take your litter home.

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. The council enforces this act in public places with its enforcement team.

Litter enforcement

As a result of better rules introduced in 2006, police community support officers and Bolton council enforcement officers are now able to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone seen dropping litter in the street. As part of their commitment to a litter-free town, we now have an environmental crime unit to patrol Bolton, helping to keep it clean.

How to report an issue

Neighbourhood Services

Ellesmere House

Mayor Street Depot

Ellesmere Street



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