Carmarthenshire County Council is responsible for removing litter from pavements, streets and council owned public land.
Litter is generally thought of as the sort of material found discarded on the street, such as cigarette ends, fresh chewing gum, sweet wrappers, automated teller machine receipts, cans and fast food containers.
Some litter can take years to degrade, causing significant harm to wildlife and habitats as well as lowering the aesthetic quality of areas and contributing to further crime.
These can include chewing gum, dog fouling, broken glass, leaf fall, graffiti, fly posting, fly tipped waste and even abandoned vehicles.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 and The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 gives Carmarthenshire County Council a legal duty to keep the streets and other areas for which it is responsible free from litter and refuse.
The Council’s Street Scene Division has a cleansing staff of 60, along with a number of mechanical sweeping machines.
An average of 40 tonnes of litter is removed every week at a cost of over £2.1 million per year.
The quicker litter and fly tipping is removed the less likely it will be added to.