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Street cleaning

Clean Surrounding are responsible for keeping Sedgemoor clean. This includes litter picking, providing dog and litter bins, beach cleaning, the removal of dead animals from the highway, dog fouling, flyposting and fly tipping, graffiti removal and more.

The Sedgemoor area is 564 km² and includes the towns of Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar, coastal resorts, tourist centres and rural communities and has an estimated resident population of 104,100, and 3 million visitors each year.

Clean Surroundings provides a district wide road sweeping service. This service aims to meet the requirements as laid down in the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse. District Councils are responsible under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for keeping roads clean 'so far as this is practicable'. Clean Surroundings meets these requirements principally through a system of regular visits by manual and mechanical sweepers. In addition to these scheduled visits if the visual appearance of any area deteriorates between cleans, Clean Surroundings will respond and clean it up.

There are a number of ways you can help us to keep Sedgemoor clean by:

  • Being tidy with your litter and chewing gum
  • Using the free Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • Arranging waste collection contracts for you business
  • Cleaning up after your dog
  • Reporting your concerns to us

Beach cleaning

We are responsible for the cleaning of amenity beaches at Burnham-on-Sea and Berrow.  Please contact us to report items washed up by the tide, or dead animals washed up on the beach. 

Dead animals

We will collect dead animals (ie foxes, badgers, deer's, dogs and cats) found on public highways, verges or other public land. Dead animals on trunk roads (M5, A303, A36) however should be reported to the Highways Agency. If you should find a dead animal that needs to be removed or if you have lost a pet and are looking for information please contact us. Clean Surroundings will not collect from private land.

Dog fouling

The Dog Act 1996 (Fouling of Land) came into force on the 1st May 1997. This act means you are legally obliged to clear up after your dog if it fouls any land which is open to the air and to which the public have access.

Failure to clean up after your dog is an offence. Anyone seen allowing their dog to foul and not cleaning up after it will be approached by Sedgemoor District Council's Dog Warden, or other authorised officers, and issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £50. The owner will have the opportunity to pay the fixed penalty and thereby avoid conviction. If the fixed penalty is not paid, the owner may be prosecuted and if found guilty of the offence, fined a maximum of £1,000 in the magistrate's court. It is the duty of every dog owner to clear up after their dog. Remember that contact with dog excrement can lead to blindness, from an infection called Toxocara Canis. 

To report an area that is badly fouled or to report a damaged or full dog bin please contact us. To make a complaint about persistent dog fouling please contact the dog warden.

Flyposting

The displaying of any advertising material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner. It includes any size of material from small stickers to large posters. These posters are unsightly, anti-social and illegal; creating a negative impression of the area.

Flyposting is a criminal offence under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992. The current maximum fine upon prosecution is £2,500 with each poster being treated as an individual offence.

There are many ways on which events can be legitimately advertised without spoiling the local environment e.g. advertising in newspapers and on local radio.

To report any unsightly flyposting on Sedgemoor District Council property, please contact us.

Fly tipping

Fly tipping is a serious environmental problem, which is unsightly, hazardous to children and attracts vermin. It is illegal and punishable by a fine or imprisonment. Removing fly tipped waste costs Sedgemoor District Council tax payers about £25 per incident.

Fly tipping is an offence with stiff penalties, from fines of up to £50,000 in magistrate's court to an unlimited fine or up to five years' imprisonment at crown court. Where waste is dumped from vehicles, the person controlling the use of the vehicle can be prosecuted, even if the driver is not identified.   The police have the power to seize vehicles used for fly tipping, while those profiting from crime can have cash, property and other assets seized.  Sedgemoor District Council treats this problem very seriously and will take action against anyone caught fly tipping waste.

In most instances, we will clear dumped rubbish from public land; fly tipping on private land is the responsibility of the landowner/tenant.  Everyone in Sedgemoor can take action against fly tipping, from reporting those dumping waste - see below - to avoiding their own waste being fly tipped.

If you discover fly tipped waste, please follow these simple steps, and contact us.

  • Do not touch: fly tipped waste may be dangerous, as it can contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
  • Visually inspect it: try to determine what it is and how much there is.
  • Note its exact location and whether it is in or near water.
  • Do not disturb the site: there may be evidence that could identify and convict the culprits.
  • While staying safe, note how many people were involved; the day, date and time it occurred; and the make, colour and registration of any vehicles involved.

To learn more about fighting fly tipping, Please visit this page.

To help reduce the number of fly tipping incidents, a bulky collection can be arranged, which is a chargeable service. To arrange for a bulky item collection, please contact Sedgemoor Direct.

Each individual and business has a duty of care over their waste, even after it has left their home or premises. Failure to take reasonable steps to do this risks prosecution and a fine.

If you or your business pay someone to take your waste away - man-with-a-van, builders, gardeners or other trades people - check that they have a waste carrier's licence. Ask to see the original licence, not a copy, and ensure you know where your waste will go.

You can check online to see if they are registered with the Environment Agency - select "Waste Carriers & Dealers" on the first pull-down menu - or call the agency on 03708 506 506* (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm).

*Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls.   These rules apply to calls from any type of line including mobile, BT, other fixed line or payphone.

Graffiti

Graffiti is an illegal, anti-social activity that creates a negative impression of an area and contributes to people's fear of crime. It can be difficult to remove depending on the type of surface it's on and the graffiti material used. Some surfaces absorb certain graffiti materials making it difficult and expensive to remove whilst others may be easy.

If you would like any unsightly graffiti removed from Council Property please contact us.

Graffiti on private property

The policy is that Sedgemoor District Council only removes graffiti from its own property.

Where graffiti is on private property (as it is in most cases) we do encourage the owner to make arrangements to remove it and we can advise of contractors that can do the work. We encourage owners to arrange for this to be done as a matter of some urgency, as graffiti tends to attract more graffiti. Alternatively, and only if staff resources permit at that particular time, we do offer to do the work ourselves on a rechargeable basis. (Man hours plus materials)

However, where graffiti is particularly offensive or racist, we do use discretion to ensure its removal as soon as reasonably possible and who pays for the work is settled afterwards. We clean off offensive or racist graffiti under our duty of care.

The same policy is applied in all areas of the district.

Graffiti on road signs and directional signs is Somerset County Council's responsibility.

Litter bins

We provide litter bins throughout the District of Sedgemoor to allow you to dispose of your litter. Waste bins are emptied according to usage i.e. in busy areas they may be emptied twice a day whereas in quieter areas they may only be emptied on a weekly basis.

Damaged or full litter bin

To report a damaged or full litter bin, please contact us. We will need the location of the bin and the date you last noticed it was damaged or full.

Needles and Syringes

There has been an increase in the number of used syringes and needles discarded in public places and Clean Surroundings provides a service to remove them. Please report any problems to us.

Street Furniture

We maintain the following street furniture items that are on Sedgemoor District Council land:

  • public benches
  • bollards
  • litter bins
  • dog waste bins

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