Edinburgh street cleaners commended for festival effort

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EDINBURGH street cleaners have been commended for their “hard work” over the festival.

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds has praised the efforts of all those who worked tirelessly to keep the capital’s streets looking their best.

With hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the city over the last month, additional resources were brought in to ensure that the streets were kept clean and tidy.

Hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Edinburgh for the festival
Hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Edinburgh for the festival

 

This included extra environmental wardens, street cleansing shifts, bin emptying and litter picking resources in the busiest areas.

Staff worked 24 hours a day to remove litter and sweep the streets, and new larger capacity bins were put in high-footfall areas.

A total of 2,087 mini bins were also distributed to cope with the increased volumes of waste and ensure people were able to dispose of their rubbish easily.

Extra bins were brought in to cope with the litter
Extra bins were brought in to cope with the litter

 

Over the festival period additional funding for the cleaning effort was gained from the Council’s official advertising contract with Out of Hand Ltd.

The official advertising offered performers an alternative to fly posting, saving the Council up to £350,000 on the cost of cleaning away flyers and posters.

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “Edinburgh is very lucky to welcome millions of visitors over the summer and understandably many of them choose August to enjoy our world famous Festivals.

“Coping with the extra demands on our street cleaning services during this time can be a challenging so it’s vital we have the resources in place to cope with this.

“I would like to thank all of our environmental wardens and street cleansing staff for their hard work over this very busy period and for helping make sure that visitors saw the capital at its best.”

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