Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Litter, street cleaning and fly-tipping


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Stockton Borough Council take great pride in keeping our streets, parks and open spaces clean and tidy.

We are responsible for the removal of grit, mud, litter, grease, debris and leaf fall from adopted highways, streets, council owned car parks, public conveniences, markets and other public areas. We also clear town and village centre streets and shop fronts of litter on a daily basis. We maintain all residential streets to an acceptable standard of cleaning by cleaning them regularly. We also deal with the buildup of leaves or any other conditions which could pose a risk to public health and safety.


What we do

We provide a dedicated team of staff and resources which are deployed 7 days per week in order to keep our communities clean and tidy. We do this by ensuring we have a proactive cleansing program in place right through the year which see’s all roads and streets inspected, litter picked and mechanically swept where appropriate. This includes:

  • Main shopping areas such as town and villages centres are cleaned daily.

  • Main roads, footpaths and residential streets are cleaned according to need from daily to monthly dependant on intensity of use and other special considerations.

  • We have a proactive mechanical sweeping provision which provides support to litter picking by keeping road channels clear of debris and litter.

  • We carry out other works to keep the Borough clean and tidy including weed spraying, strimming overgrown vegetation and clearing becks and water courses.

  • We will remove graffiti from public land and street furniture within 36 hours, responding to offensive incidents within 24 hours of being reported.

  • We aim to respond to requests for the removal of needles and syringes within two hours. Please do not pick up needles and syringes or anything else related to drugs, unless it poses an immediate danger to you or other residents. Items which pose a risk to public safety and requires immediate attention, please call our Care for Your Area Team on 01642 391959 Telephone Opening Hours. Outside of these hours including Bank Holidays please contact our Civic Enforcement Service on 01642 528989.


Reporting an issue or concern

To report non-urgent defects please visit our Most Popular and do it on-line page and complete the relevant online form.

  • If you see anyone illegally disposing of waste from their cars, you can report this via [email protected]. More information on enforcement activity can be found on the dedicated Community Safety pages.

  • We do not remove litter from private land, unadopted roads or unadopted footpaths as we do not maintain these areas. It is the responsibility of the land owner to undertake this duty on their land.


Community Groups

We work closely with residents, communities and campaign groups to ensure we are maintaining your area to the highest standard. Our streets are cleaned by using both mechanical sweepers, which clean the roads and footpaths, and by manually litter picking and sweeping the areas which need it. We can help to support and grow small community clean up groups by providing advice, equipment and disposal of collected rubbish. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss starting your own group within your area.



Illegal dumping, also called fly-tipping is the dumping of waste illegally instead of using an authorised method such as kerbside collection. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, contrary to Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The waste is usually dumped to avoid the cost of disposing of it correctly and can significantly harm the environment. The maximum penalty for fly tipping can be a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court. 

Anyone caught fly-tipping in Stockton on Tees could also soon face an on-the spot penalty of £400. The introduction of a fixed penalty notice for fly-tipping is the latest move in a government crackdown on waste crime, which costs the economy millions of pounds a year in clean-up costs, undermines legitimate business and poses a serious risk the local environment in our communities and open spaces. The law also imposes a duty on householders to ensure that the waste they produce, is disposed of correctly. This includes ensuring that those employed to take away rubbish are registered and dispose of the waste in the correct way. More information can be found by visiting the website. Any resident who fails to correctly dispose of waste can also face a fixed penalty notice or even prosecution if the waste is subsequently fly-tipped.

You can report litter and fly-tipping to our Care for your Area team, in confidence, on 01642 391959 or via email at [email protected]. All instances of environmental crime are investigated by the Civic Enforcement Service. More information on fly-tipping and its effects can be found by visiting the website.



Our service aims to comply with the Environmental Protection Act - Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse, which sets out various standards for street cleansing. We monitor our performance using the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) benchmarks which identifies the standards that we have achieved in relation to litter, detritus, flyposting and graffiti.