Plymouth street cleaning staff have picked up a bucket full of awards
An independent auditor awarded the team ISO 9001:2008 accreditation, which comes on top of a clean bill of health by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation, who surveyed the city centre and Barbican area earlier this year.
The city centre was also awarded a 5 star award for cleanliness from The Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and British Cleaning Council.
To give you an idea of what the 80 street cleaning staff do every day:
- A team starts at 4am and uses three mechanical sweepers to blitz the city centre, Barbican and the Hoe area
- A seven-strong team in the city centre constantly litter picks, washes and empties bins and removes tipped waste. One member of staff is on a mechanical broom throughout the day
- Bags from the litter bins and bags of collected litter are put in a collection point so the vehicle can pick them all up in one go.
- The city centre is continuously swept and litter removed throughout the day
- There are cigarette litter bins on lampposts and stub areas on the bins
- The team collected over 5,000 tonnes of rubbish off the city streets
- In the autumn they picked up a further 437 tonnes of leaves
- Plymouth has around 900km of highways and over 3,000 streets
What the rubbish and recycling crews do
- Crews leave the depot at 6.30am to start their rounds
- Between them, they empty over 171,000 green and brown bins and bags a week from around 114,000 homes in the city
- In the summer 3,700 tonnes of garden waste are collected, saving £356,352 in disposal and landfill tax charges.