Street and Beach Cleansing

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Providing and promoting a cleaner Southend

We will provide and promote a cleaner and tidier place to live for the residents and a pleasant experience for day visitors to Southend-on-Sea.  

Southend-on-Sea’s streets and beaches are cleaned under set schedules, and this includes emptying of all litter and dog bins, removal of all litter, dirt, dust, leaves on the roads and paths, as well as clearing fly tips and keeping areas free of weeds.  We clear graffiti and flyposting too.

All of our manual street cleaning operatives are trained to recycle as much of the litter they collect as possible.  When they pick the litter up, if it is recyclable, they will place it in a separate bag and at the end of the day it will be sent for recycling.  The machines that sweep your streets will soon send the sweepings they collect to a brand new Veolia facility that treats the sweepings to recover as much as possible from it to recycle.  For example, stones will be washed and sent to be used in road building.  Any leaves will be washed and composted.  Where we find damaged litterbins, we will replace them with dual litter and recycling bins to enable the public to recycle as much of their litter as possible.


We also recognise that the beachfront is an integral part of Southend-on-Sea and therefore keeping it clean and tidy is very important.  Veolia has sourced machines designed especially for this type of work.  This machine can clear up to five acres of beach per hour!

Find out more here on the council website.