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Street care and cleaning

The council is responsible for keeping highways and public areas across the district clean and tidy. We spend £1 million every year litter picking and sweeping roads, clearing fly tips, emptying bins and removing abandoned vehicles.

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A team of dedicated staff set out at 6am every morning to cover more than 300 square miles. We focus our efforts on the areas of highest demand and work to schedules that aim to keep the area clean.

You can help to keep the district clean too. Here are a few ideas;

Take your rubbish home with you

When out and about please consider taking your rubbish home with you.  This increases the likelihood of it being recycled and  reduces the number of bins needed across the district.  Less bins = less cost, which means savings can be used for other services.

Get involved

There is a growing number of volunteer litter pickers across the district - people that take pride in their area and want to help in the fight against litter.  With volunteers helping in residential areas it means we can focus on some of the more dangerous cleaning tasks such as the district's A & B roads. We can supply you with everything you need to complete a litter pick or adopt an area. Please contact us to find out more.

Dog waste

You may not know that the rules on dog waste changed recently.  It is now ok to place dog waste in standard litter bins. So feel free to use dog bins or litter bins that are close to your favourite dog walking routes.

Abandoned vehicles on street

The council is working in partnership with Sussex Police for the prompt removal of abandoned vehicles. The partnership, called Operation Crackdown uses Police powers under The Road Traffic Act 1984 to remove vehicles.

After the police have confirmed the vehicle is abandoned, the council requests the removal of the vehicle, either for immediate destruction or storage for seven days. The council also sends a letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle advising them of the action taken. To report an abandoned vehicle please visit the Operation Crackdown (opens new window) website.

Graffiti removal

If you see graffiti in a public place, please report it using the details below:

Graffiti Solutions

Name: Waste and Recycling


Chichester Contract Services
West Sussex
United Kingdom


Tel: +44 01243534619

Fax: +44 01243532695

Abandoned bicycles

We are responsible for removing bicycles from public areas if they are classed as abandoned. See Section 41 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (opens new window).

Classed as abandoned

A bicycle is classified as abandoned if it meets one or more of the following:

  • it is secured in an inappropriate place (ie chained to street furniture or blocking the public highway). In these circumstances bicycles will be removed to the council depot at Westhampnett and stored for 14 days, after which it will be donated to charity or scrapped.
  • it is secured to a public cycle rack and in an un-roadworthy condition.
  • it is noted as not having moved for over one month.

Classed as unroadworthy

A bicycle that is defined as unroadworthy will have two or more of the following defects:

  • flat tyres (front/rear/both)
  • missing wheel(s)
  • missing seat
  • buckled wheels (front/rear/both)
  • bent forks
  • seized/damaged brakes
  • rusted chain/gears
  • missing chain

What happens when a bicycle is abandoned?

Once a bicycle has been identified as potentially abandoned, we will secure a notice to the bicycle handlebar. This warns that if the bicycle is not removed by the owner within one month it will be removed by the council as abandoned. If there is anything about the bicycle that gives a clue to the identity of the owner, efforts will be made to contact the owner and advise them that their bike is about to be removed as abandoned.

If the bicycle has not been removed after one month it will be removed and donated to a bike charity or recycled as scrap metal. We do not sell abandoned bikes to members of the public.

How to report an abandoned bicycle

Any queries about this service should be directed to:

Name: Waste and Recycling


Chichester Contract Services
West Sussex
PO18 0NS
United Kingdom


Tel: 01243 534617