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Find out about littering and our powers to deal with this unsightly problem.

We have a duty to keep streets and public places clear of litter.

We spend around £1.6m of your money every year on keeping our Borough clean and tidy. Litter bins are placed in public areas and we clean our streets often to avoid a build-up of litter.

There are different schedules for cleaning litter, emptying litter bins and road sweeping, it depends on where it is.

You can help us keep Calderdale clean:

  • Be tidy with your litter and chewing gum.
  • Use the free refuse tips.
  • Have waste collection contracts for your business.
  • Do not leave your dog's mess for others.
  • Do not 'Fly post', it is untidy and illegal.
  • Do not park where you want us to clean.
  • Report full, overflowing, damaged or defaced litter and dog bins.

We will:

  • clean town centres often;
  • clean adopted roads every four to six weeks;
  • remove rubbish that has built up on council land;
  • empty litter bins;
  • help with your local clean-ups.

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


Dropping litter is an offence. Our enforcement officers can issue fixed penalty notice fines of £80, to people who drop litter on purpose.

If you are fined and do not pay, you can be prosecuted through the courts. This can lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

Report it online

You can request our services online:

Report litter

Community clean up campaigns

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

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