Working hard to keep the city clean

With the whole country affected by the measures to control Covid-19, it has needed a rapid response to change working arrangements to protect lives and our NHS.

In Brighton & Hove, we’ve seen key workers across all sectors rise to the challenge of keeping vital services running to protect our residents. 

Our cityclean staff are going the extra mile in very difficult circumstances and I’d like to say thank you for the job they are doing to keep collections going.

Like everywhere else, the people who work at cityclean have been affected by the measures in place and, inevitably, this has impacted on our collections.

We have been recruiting and training extra staff to bolster our workforce and help us through these very difficult times.

This has meant we’ve been able to have all our refuse and recycling crews collecting this week. This is entirely due to the commitment and dedication of our workforce. 

We still need to prioritise refuse collections. This does mean recycling collections may still be irregular over the next few weeks.

If we do miss your refuse or recycling, please report it using our online missed collection form and leave your bin out. We will collect it as soon as we can.

If you can, you can also take your recycling to one of the recycling points located throughout the city

We’re putting an extra 26 glass bins out at the recycling points which have been very busy. These should be in place over the next few days. 

For those who do need them, we also have also put out a number of large refuse bins across the city and have an extra crew out emptying these.

While it might seem a useful time to have a bit of a clear out, please be aware that service pressures mean it isn’t a good time to get rid of extra rubbish.

If you have been out working in your garden in the lovely weather, please store your garden waste at home until the Household Waste Recycling Sites reopen as, unfortunately, we do still need to suspend garden waste collection.

If you’ve signed up to our garden waste collections, we will have this service back up and running as soon as we can.

Please remember to do your bit to protect our staff collecting your refuse and recycling.

If you’re self-isolating or someone in your home has symptoms, please double-bag all used tissues and keep them for 72 hours before disposing in your household waste. 

That’s also true of any discarded used masks and gloves. Please do not put any of these items in your recycling. 

I cannot stress highly enough the importance of washing your hands after putting your bin out and washing again when you bring it in to reduce the risk of spreading this virus. 

And as with everyone else, please keep two metres away from staff when they’re collecting your refuse and recycling.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for your support, patience and positive feedback on the service. Please keep them coming – they mean a lot to us and our staff.

Councillor Anne Pissaridou
Chair of Environment, Transport & Sustainability


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