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Cleaner streets

We work in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) to promote good behaviour and reduce littering and fly tipping. Every month, we inspect several streets to assess their cleanliness. This allows for year-on-year comparisons in line with the Local Environmental Audit and Management System (LEAMS).

See the levels of street cleanliness in Wales between 2018 and 2019.

We also support local projects to promote litter free zones, beach clearances, school educational programmes, dog fouling campaigns and event coverage. Recently, local schoolchildren designed anti-litter posters, which are now used on bins throughout Porthcawl.


Graffiti is usually offensive, intrusive and unsightly. Evidence shows that if graffiti is not tackled promptly, the problem gets worse and an area can appear uncared for. This leads to further damage and vandalism that can make the area feel unwelcoming and unsafe.

We are responsible for removing graffiti from council owned property, but not for private property, as it is the owner or occupiers’ responsibility.

Where there are offensive images or language which the public can see, we will offer assistance to clear it. This is provided that the owner indemnifies us against any damage caused by caustic materials.


If you find sharps/needles/drug equipment, note their specific location and report them.

Where needles are issued for medical conditions, a yellow ‘sharps box’ is generally supplied for safe disposal and information given on a returns method. To ensure the safety of others during storage, always ask about keeping and returning needles when they are dispensed.

Unfortunately needles and other drug paraphernalia are sometimes found on our streets, but the council will always help clear and dispose of such materials.

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