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Publication - Guidance

Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (Scotland) 2018

Published: 17 May 2018
Directorate:
Environment and Forestry Directorate
Part of:
Environment and climate change
ISBN:
9781788518932

This Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (COPLAR) provides guidance on fulfilling the duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 89.

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Contents
Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse (Scotland) 2018
5.0 Fulfilling duty 2

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5.0 Fulfilling duty 2

5.1 Detritus grades

The grades are A to D – with A reflecting that surfaces are free from detritus (the standard) and D that surfaces are obscured or at high risk of hazard caused by detritus. A body should be able to justify its grades and have evidence to prove that it is fulfilling its duty/ies.

Bodies should draw on the following photographed examples to assess their roads. These grades should be used when monitoring.

Detritus Grade A

Detritus Grade A: Road is free from detritus

Road is free from detritus

Detritus Grade B

Detritus Grade B: A slight presence of detritus on roads and gullies

A slight presence of detritus on roads and gullies

Detritus Grade C

Detritus Grade C: A significant presence of detritus on roads and gullies

A significant presence of detritus on roads and gullies

Detritus Grade D

Detritus Grade D: Road surfaces are obscured or at high risk of hazard caused by detritus

Road surfaces are obscured or at high risk of hazard caused by detritus

Further advice and high resolution photographs can be found at
www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/COPLAR

5.2 Tactics

Regular sweeping and maintenance schedules should be prepared by the bodies to allow the duty to be met. This approach can prevent small problems from escalating and ultimately becoming more expensive to fix. For example, regular removal of detritus will prevent difficult to remove build-up of materials and will also prevent other maintenance issues such as weed growth.

Where a hard surface of a road ends without a clear edge, for example a grass verge alongside a road, a logical judgement as to its definitive edge should be made. It should be regarded as good practice to cut back or remove any surface vegetation that infringes upon any hard surface of the road.

The tactics to support detritus-free roads should be deployed regularly to prevent small accumulations from becoming more significant, and expensive, problems to address.

Further advice can be obtained from Zero Waste Scotland
www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/COPLAR

5.3 Response times

The scale of detritus accumulations can be reduced through regular sweeping and maintenance. However, it cannot be reduced by influencing people as is the case for litter and refuse. Therefore there is a single set of response times

Special considerations are outlined within 3.2.

Duty 2 response times

Zone

Detritus Grade

Special Considerations

D

C

B

A

1

1 day

5 days

14 days

No detritus

28 days

2

2 days

10 days

21 days

35 days

3

3 days

14 days

28 days

42 days

4

4 days

28 days

42 days

56 days

5

5 days

35 days

56 days

70 days

6

7 days

42 days

84 days

No additional time

For example, this means that when a category 1 zone is of a D grade it should be restored to an A within one day.

The response times reflect the ongoing need for sweeping and maintenance in order to meet the standard.

Further advice can be obtained from Zero Waste Scotland
www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/COPLAR


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