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Monitoring Litter

Monitoring Litter

The cleanliness of publicly owned land in Clackmannanshire is measured in two ways:

Cleanliness grades

These measure the degree of litter in an area

Grade A: No litter or refuse
Grade B: Predominantly free of litter and refuse, apart from a few small items
Grade C: Widespread distribution of litter with minor accumulations
Grade D: Heavily littered with significant contributions

Cleanliness standards

These indicate the response time to which land that is no longer free of litter should be returned to a Grade A standard. Examples are as follows:

  • If a town centre slips from a grade A to a grade C then the response time to reinstate it to a grade A is 3 hours.
  • If a low density residential area slips from a grade A to a grade D then the response time is 6 hours for it to be reinstated to a grade A.
Examples of Maximum Response times to return areas to a Grade A Cleanliness Standard
ZonesGrade B Grade C Grade D
Town Centres 6 hours3 hours1 hour
High Density Residential Housing12 hours6 hours3 hours
Low Density Residential Housing2 weeks12 hours6 hours
Other Residential Areas2 weeks1 week60 hours
Motorways and Strategic Routes (Hard Surface Areas)4 weeks4 weeks1 week
Motorways and Strategic Routes (Grassed Areas)4 weeks4 weeks1 week
Local Roads (Hard Surface Areas)2 weeks2 weeks5 days
Local Roads (Grassed Areas)2 weeks2 weeks5 days
Education Institutions (Hard Surface Areas)24 hours24 hours24 hours
Education Institutions (Grassed Areas)24 hours24 hours24 hours

Maps illustrating the different litter zones are available for viewing at Kilncraigs. To make an appointment please call waste services on 01259 450000.

The code of practice defining the standards of cleanliness that are achievable in different locations and under different circumstances was issued under section 89 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.


Local Environment Audit Management System

Litter trends are monitored in Clackmannanshire using a Local Environmental Audit Management System (LEAMS). This is a Statutory Performance Indicator for all of Scotland's local authorities and is mananged by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The aim is to measure and improve the cleanliness standards throughout Scotland by:

  • Providing a base-line to establish at which point the authority is starting at
  • Provides self monitoring to assess continuois improvement
  • Provides independent audits of the monitoring process by partner authorities
  • Provides annual validation by independent body(Keep Scotland Beautiful)
  • Allows for comparison of results between partner authorities
  • Allows for distribution of best practice between authorities

More information can be found by visiting the Keep Scotland Website.

For Further Information Contact

Kelliebank Depot, Riverbank Ind Est, Alloa, FK10 1NT
Tel: 01259 226933 / 450000