Keeping our streets clean is important for London to continue being a safe and enjoyable city. The 32 London boroughs and the City of London are responsible for street cleansing, including graffiti removal. The enforcement powers and control measures to tackle litter and refuse are given to local authorities under the Environment Protection Act.
More broadly on keeping London clean, I have collaborated with Keep Britain Tidy, promoting the Big British Spring Clean. I have also supported Parks for London, awarding them funding to carry their important work reducing littering within London’s green spaces. I also worked with them to support their spring anti-littering campaign – Clean Parks for London – launched in April 2022.
My London Environment Strategy requires councils to produce Reduction and Recycling Plans (RRPs) including actions they are taking to reduce littering. Through the RRP process my officers and ReLondon are working with boroughs to set high standards and encourage continued collaboration with Keep Britain Tidy and organisations like Parks for London.