Street cleaning

Street cleaning

We regularly clean all the public streets in the borough, including the pavements, to keep Waltham Forest a clean and safe environment for residents and visitors.

Each street has a scheduled cleaning day (or days) each week. We clean the busiest streets more often, so some streets are cleaned once a day. 

Tell us if a street needs cleaning

Your street is cleaned regularly, but sometimes things happen between cleanings. Please report any issues about street cleaning to us. We aim to inspect the street within 24 hours, and if necessary, we'll take action.

Report a street that needs cleaning

What do we clean? Click to get info

Our street cleaners do the following:

  • pick up loose litter
  • empty street litter bins
  • remove dog fouling
  • remove loose grit, gravel and broken glass
  • sweep up autumn leaves

Our cleaners may leave sacks of street sweepings and rubbish bin waste on the street for collection later that day.

Our street cleaners don’t:

  • clean on private land
  • clean on private roads
  • clean on Waltham Forest Housing estates. Please contact Waltham Forest Housing directly, between 8am and 6pm, on 020 8496 3000.   

If you see large amount of dumped rubbish on a street, please report this to our fly tipping team instead.

Penalties for littering Click to get info

Please don't drop litter. We have over 2,000 street bins across the borough. Most of these are split, with a section for general rubbish and a separate section for recycling. 

Littering carries a fixed penalty charge of £150.

Litter includes (amongst other things):

  • cigarette butts
  • gum
  • food packaging
  • empty drinks cans

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service PC to log your request/report. Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​