Clean-up team out in force on city’s busiest Pride weekend

Over the Pride weekend, the council’s Cityclean staff worked around the clock to keep the city clean.

Pride is the busiest weekend of the year for the council’s refuse, recycling and street cleaning staff and this year’s event attracted tens of thousands of people to the city as headliner Britney Spears saw an even greater attendance at the Preston Park festival and in the city, than in previous years.

The large number of people visiting for both Pride and to enjoy a hot summer weekend led to huge crowds across the city, especially on the seafront, staying late into the night. It is not possible to effectively clear litter in the middle of crowds and the teams needed people to disperse before some areas could be cleaned.

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Advanced preparations for the event meant that Cityclean was well resourced to keep the city clean over Pride weekend. Staff were employed to work shifts day and night over the weekend, with the first shift starting at 5am on Saturday and the last shift ending at around 3am on Monday morning. Staff worked through the night on Saturday to clean the area around Preston Park and St James Street. Cityclean clear most of the city during the Pride weekend. Pride pays for the clean up of the Pride Village Party official site and the Preston Park venue area.

Additional rubbish bins were installed along the route of the Pride Parade and at the seafront and collected early on Monday morning. More than 100 metric tonnes was collected during this time, that’s the equivalent of 10 fully compacted refuse lorries of rubbish or more than 10,000 full binbags. That’s the equivalent amount of rubbish that the council normally collects in one day from across the entire city.

Two additional larger scarab sweeping machines were delivered to the council free of charge by Scarab Sweepers Ltd and used to support the clean up throughout the weekend.

The Pride clean-up operation finished with jet washing of streets and pavements at St James Street on Monday morning.

Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, Councillor Gill Mitchell, said: “We welcomed hundreds of thousands of people to the city over the weekend for what was the biggest ever Pride. That’s in addition to the thousands of visitors who came to the city to enjoy a day by the sea and all that Brighton & Hove has to offer.

“Our street cleaners do a tremendous job to keep the city clean during the busiest weekend of the year. 

“At all times of the year, we encourage everyone to support them by disposing of their litter responsibly, either by putting it in one of the litter or recycling bins around the city; or by taking any rubbish home with them.”

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What was done to ensure the city is kept as clean as possible over Pride weekend?

During the Pride weekend we put additional bins on the seafront as well as along the way along the Pride Parade route. The bins were then left until Monday morning to ensure bigger capacity for litter across the city.

How many staff were there in total over the weekend?

There were 40 extra staff and around 200 staff in total.

We employ more staff to help in the clean up after the parade and also after the increase in the footfall. During the Pride weekend we work 24/7. The operations starts on Saturday at 5am and continues until Monday 3am.

Is the extra provision funded by the council or Pride?  

Pride pays fully for the costs associated with the clean-up of the official Pride Village Party site which includes St James Street, Marine Parade, Old Steine, and the adjoining streets. Pride also pays for the clean up of Preston Park.

The council clears up all other areas of the city.