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Local Environmental Audit and Management System

The Local Environmental Audit and Management System (LEAMS) has been the national performance indicator for street cleanliness for Local Authorities since 2003. 

The system is used to:

  • Establish a baseline standard for street cleanliness;
  • Provide a method of self-monitoring to assess continuous service improvement;
  • Facilitate independent monitoring by neighbouring local authorities;
  • Distribute and share best practice; and
  • Monitoring trends in street cleanliness and environmental quality.

LEAMS provides a measure of Local Authority performance under the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse whereby authorities are required to:

  • Ensure that their land (or land for which they are responsible) is, so far as is practicable, kept clear of litter and refuse (Duty 1); and
  • Ensure that all other publically maintainable roads in their area are, so far as is practicable, kept clean (Duty 2).

Data collected during a LEAMS survey includes:

  • Cleanliness grade of a given area;
  • Servicing and coverage of public use litter bins;
  • Types of litter present in the area;
  • Sources of the litter observed;
  • Local environmental quality information including dog fouling, vandalism, graffiti, weed growth, detritus and flyposting.

All Scottish Local Authorities are currently signed-up to the LEAMS methodology, coordinated by Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB), who also provide training on relevant legislation, survey methodology and data processing and evaluation.

An annual report is produced which summarises the findings and ongoing trends in cleanliness standards.

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