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Street care and cleaning

Street cleansing  

New environment campaign launched: West Lothian residents are being asked to 'love West Lothian' and help to look after the environment. The first phase of the campaign runs until  30 September and targets people who litter and drop chewing gum, allow their dogs to mess and people who fly-tip their rubbish.  


The message is 'stop creating a mess and love West Lothian'.  Cleaning up the mess costs the council approximately £2.7 million each year and it not only looks unsightly it is harmful to wildlife it can also seriously damage your health.  West Lothian Council's environmental enforcement wardens are also backing the campaign.  It is possible to report an environmental crime such as dog-fouling, fly-tipping, litter or abandoned vehicles, by emailing: or by calling 01506 280000.  Show your support for the campaign on Twitter #lovewestlothian.  Or like the thread on


We know that the residents of West Lothian place Street Cleanliness and the problem of litter as high on their priority list. As a result, West Lothian Council has a dedicated Street Cleansing Team, part of NETs and Land Services, who are responsible for keeping our Streets, Roads, Footpaths, Parks and Open Spaces clear from Litter and other debris.

This service operates a full programme of Street Cleansing in Local Areas to ensure that town centres and streets are cleaned regularly and when necessary. We use a combination of litter picking, manual sweeping and mechanical sweeping to remove litter and keep streets clean. As well as providing a comprehensive Street Cleansing service we also provide a large number of litter bins and dog fouling bins throughout West Lothian, which are emptied on a regular basis.

The Cleanliness of our Streets and Local Areas is monitored by Keep Scotland Beautiful and each local Authority is given a Cleanliness index score. The target cleanliness score is 72 and in 2009/10 we scored 72 and 2010/11 we scored 71. The Scottish Average in 2009/10 was 74.


Love West Lothian - environmental campaignImprovements in the Service


To help improve the service and the cleanliness of West Lothian we have implemented a number of changes to the service. These include: a review of shift patterns, including weekend working, for staff to ensure that we are getting optimum use of resources the maximum amount of time. We have also employed a number of seasonal staff to supplement the Street Cleansing squads for the busy spring and summer schedules, which includes gala - days and other community events.


Community Involvement

In addition to the hard work of the Street Cleansing service our Environmental Wardens also contribute to addressing street cleanliness by taking enforcement action and by supporting a variety of community initiatives, in partnership with local schools and community groups, to help educate school children about the problem of litter and encourage everyone to play their part in looking after our local environment. To find out more about the work of the Environmental Wardens please use the following link: Environmental Wardens (new window)

In May 2008 West Lothian Council were awarded the Keep Scotland Beautiful award in recognition for the Spring Community Clean Ups which were carried out by Local Primary Schools in partnership with staff from NETs and Land Services. Over 3000 local people got involved, more people per head of population than any other Local Authority.


This success has been followed up in 2009 as the Wardens were awarded the Outstanding Acheivement Award form Keep Scotland Beautiful. Almost 7000 people form West Lothian participated in Clean - Up events during April - more than double the number form last year and again a greater number of people than form any other local authority in Scotland.

You can help play your part in maintaining an attractive and clean environment by reporting littering, dog fouling or fly tipping to 01506 280000.  

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