Street care and cleaning

Service information

What do you want to do?

How to report a problem

If you feel an area has fallen below standard or you notice an overflowing litter bin or feel the area would benefit from an extra litter bin, please contact us.

To report litter and fly-tipping please see the litter and fly-tipping pages.

When are the streets cleaned?

  • All main roads (except rural roads) are cleansed weekly.
  • Rural roads are cleansed on a three-week cycle.
  • Residential areas are litter picked and/or swept on a rota basis
  • Litter bins are emptied at least once a week, but if it is found that a bin needs more frequent emptying, it could be done two or three times a week.
  • Both town centres are cleansed twice daily and all litter bins within the town centre are emptied daily.

Due to the limited resources the number of times a street can be cleaned is unlikely to be increased.

Staff and equipment

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has a wide range of street care and cleaning machinery and personnel suitable for any job from industrial estates and units to car parks and private roadways. These include:

  • Three neighbourhood teams in East Blackburn, West Blackburn and Darwen and rural areas
  • Three large sweepers for the main highways and large roads.
  • Two small sweepers to cleanse pavements and pedestrian areas. The sweepers operate between 4am and 12pm Sunday to Friday and 12pm and 8pm Tuesday to Saturday.
  • Two town centre sweepers - one in Blackburn and one in Darwen town centres.
  • Two litter bin vehicles - to empty all the litter bins.
  • Fly-tipping team dedicated to the removal of fly-tipping.
  • Town centre caretakers - these teams are responsible for maintenance of Blackburn town centre including litter, graffiti, litterbins, weed killing, and some grass cutting.

Contact details

Mail Environmental Services, Davyfield Road, Roman Rd., Industrial Estate, Blackburn. BB1 2LX
Phone Number(s) 01254 585921
Fax Number(s) 01254 585202
E-mail cleansing@blackburn.gov.uk
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