Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Pictures reveal impact of street cleaning

Streets before cleaning crews make their rounds

Streets look much cleaner once crews have done their bit

One week later, small amounts of litter start to reappear

With millions of pounds spent cleaning up streets, new ‘spot the difference’ photos show the positive impact that cleaning crews have in local communities.

Clearing up the mess of everyday life costs the council around £8 million each year. Recent images show just how spotless a residential area and busy town centre location are once cleaning crews have swept through the area.

The crews were documented at the end of July collecting broken wood, a leather sofa, a child’s toddle truck and litter left on the streets and pavements in Beeston Hill.

In this area, the streets are cleaned every two weeks.

Follow-up photos taken one week later show it doesn’t take long for the streets to be strewn with rubbish again.

Crews start to clean up rubbish in Beeston Hill

Streets look pristine once crews have cleaned up and moved on

One week later, small amounts of litter start to build up again

Depending on how busy an area is determines how often its bins are emptied, litter is picked and mechanical sweepers used.

Litter from Pudsey town centre, with its range of pubs, eateries, shops and the market, is picked every day. On one of his rounds last week, the regular Pudsey litter picker collected bottles, cans, wrappers and packets.

But later that same day, the area was again suffering from the litter despite nearby bins.

Pudsey town centre looking clean shortly after the crews have swept the area

Later that afternoon, litter has been dropped near a handily placed bin

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“Clean streets can make a huge difference to people’s quality of life. That’s why our crews are out in all weathers making sure communities are as clean as they can be.

“But the speed and rate at which some areas become untidy after the crews have done their bit is disappointing and an going issue we’re keen to tackle.

“We provide a range of services to help people deal with their waste appropriately and recycle where possible. If people can work with us to reduce littering and the amount of rubbish left on the streets we’ll have more resources to invest in making our waste and recycling services even better.”

With nearly 2,000 miles of roads in Leeds, the council spends around £8 million a year on street cleaning, equivalent to around £25 for every household in the city.

The crews take great pride in leaving an area clean and tidy but they face a range of challenges from mechanical street sweepers negotiating parked cars and road works, bags not put in black bins spilling waste, business waste not being stored appropriately, detritus from nights out and people flytipping.

Residents should use litter bins provided by the council in public areas or take waste home if that’s not possible.

Residents can also help by ensuring the right waste is put in the correct household bins and that they are put out before 7am on collection day. Bins should then be removed from the street as soon as is practical after they’re emptied.

Missed bins or flytipping should be reported as soon as possible by calling 0113 222 4406.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577