8 August 2016

Cleaning up after Pride

Over the Pride weekend, Cityclean staff were out in force working around the clock to keep the city clean.

It’s the busiest weekend of the year for the council’s refuse, recycling and street cleaning staff.

Cityclean staff worked in shifts day and night over the weekend, from 5am on Saturday and finishing at around 2am this morning (Monday 8th.)

Extra staff were employed to work over the weekend and additional rubbish bins installed along the route of the procession.

A team of street cleaners followed the procession to clear rubbish.

The council’s staff collected over 187 tonnes of rubbish from the streets and litter bins, the most they have ever collected and 40 tonnes more than last year. It’s the equivalent of nearly 19 dust-cart loads!

The clean-up finished with jet washing streets and pavements.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment committee, said: “This year’s Pride attracted around 300,000 visitors to Brighton & Hove – the most the city has ever seen.

“Our refuse and street cleaning teams were well prepared, providing more bins and ensuring enough staff were available to cope with the clean-up. Our street cleaners did a tremendous job working thought the night to ensure that to ensure that this morning the city is clean again for residents and visitors.”

The Preston Park clean-up is still ongoing and is being carried out by contractors employed by the organisers of Pride. We expect the park to be handed back to the council, clean and litter free, later today.