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Zoning relevant land and roads

Zoning helps to prioritise land, based on the potential for problems to build-up

Zoning helps duty holders to prioritise when and where to deploy resources based on how likely it is that litter and refuse or detritus will build up in an area.

Duty holders need to zone all of their relevant land and roads in line with CoPLAR.

Zones are defined by two factors:

  1. the number of people/vehicles using the area and
  2. the types of premises in the area that may contribute to problems building up.

For example a busy city centre has more people and more businesses than a rural road with a few residential properties and limited vehicle movement, therefore the city centre is more likely to become littered quicker.

Defining zones in this way allows like-for-like comparisons to be made for areas with similar characteristics, for example helping to understand where and why people litter in certain areas. This knowledge can then be used to create long-term prevention strategies.

There are 5 zones based on these factors ranging from extremely high intensity of use to extremely low intensity of use. A 6th zone is available for roads above 40mph and operational railway land to allow for health and safety and access requirements to be factored in:

  1. Areas subject to extremely high footfall and/or vehicular movement and/or very high number of potential litter sources.
  2. Areas subject to high footfall and/or vehicular movement and/or high number of potential litter sources
  3. Areas subject to moderate footfall and/or vehicular movement and/or moderate number of potential litter sources
  4. Areas subject to low footfall and/or vehicular movement and/or low number of potential litter sources
  5. Areas subject to extremely low footfall and/or vehicular movement and/or very low number of potential litter sources
  6. Roads over 40mph and Operational Railway Land excluding land and track within 100 metres of the platform.

Duty holders are required to assess and allocate the appropriate zone category to all of their relevant land including streets, open spaces, parks, roads, educational establishments, beaches, waterways, etc. 

Zoning information should be made publically available and ideally digitally online.

Full description of zones and examples of areas expected to fall within each zone and further guidance.

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