Street and laneway cleaning

Council is responsible for cleaning main roads, residential streets, laneways, and footpaths within shopping centres.

Most street cleaning work is done during the night. 

Street sweeping

Mechanical street sweepers regularly sweep main roads and residential streets. Council also uses an extra street sweeper during periods of heavy leaf fall.

Over one year Council sweeps about 45,000 kilometres along main roads and 20,000 kilometres in residential streets. Street sweeping over 1 year collects about 3000 tonnes of rubbish and litter.

Footpath sweeping

A small mechanical sweeper sweeps footpaths in shopping strips every day of the week. 

Every day Council sweeps about 22 kilometres of footpaths.

Please note that Council does not sweep residential footpaths for seed and leaf drop from Council trees.

Stormwater pit and drain cleaning

Council cleans around 385 stormwater pits each week. 

Each year Council removes about 180 tonnes of rubbish from pits and drains.

Emptying public litter bins

Council empties 750 litter bins in Moreland every weekday. Litter bins are serviced 7 days a week.

Laneway cleaning

Council cleans constructed laneways, which are made of bitumen, bluestone and concrete, as well as unconstructed laneways.

Constructed laneway cleaning

Council cleans constructed laneways twice a year. Lane cleaning starts in March and September each year and the program lasts for 13 to 14 weeks, depending on the weather.

Lanes are sprayed 4 times a year during the change of seasons to suppress weed growth. The spraying program lasts from 5 to 7 weeks.

See weed management for information about requesting no spraying of chemically-based herbicide outside your property.

Unconstructed laneway cleaning

Council cleans unconstructed laneways 4 times a year when high weed growth can become a fire hazard. This involves mowing and spraying.

Cleaning starts in early August on a 4 to 6 week cycle. 

See weed management for information about requesting no spraying of chemically-based herbicide outside your property.

Responsibilities of property owners next to a laneway

If your property is next to a laneway, you are responsible for trimming any overhanging branches in the laneway to a clearance height of 3 metres and any other shrubs or vegetation back to your property line.

You need to make sure your fence is properly maintained so it does not block access through the laneway.

Do not store items in public laneways, as these lanes are used for public access, including street sweepers.

Requesting an unconstructed laneway be converted

You can contact Council to request that an unconstructed laneway next to your property be converted into a constructed laneway.

Before Council can begin construction, adjoining property owners must agree to pay for the construction costs through a special rate or charge.

This process is similar to property owners paying Council to build roads and footpaths in new areas, in accordance with the Local Government Act.