Army of street cleaners prepare to blitz Festival litter

An army of street cleaners have taken to Edinburgh’s streets to join the city’s fight against litter.

Street cleaners

Stepping into their uniforms for the first time, the team of 30 gathered in Princes Street Gardens to blitz street clutter.

The new staff are some of the 75 street cleaners recruited to help tackle the issue of litter in Edinburgh over the city’s busy summer months.

Armed with litter pickers and bin bags they will patrol the city centre and other popular locations throughout July and August, cracking down on problem areas.

Additional resources will help the City of Edinburgh Council deal with the massive influx of visitors during the summer months, particularly August, thanks to a packed festival programme and world-class attractions.

With an increase in population and more people spending time outdoors during the warmer weather, litter and overflowing bins can be a visible issue in Edinburgh’s streets, parks and open spaces.

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “Summer is a fantastic time for Edinburgh and I look forward to welcoming the thousands of people who are set to enjoy the capital.

“However, there is no doubt the influx of tourists and other members of public making the most of the city have an impact on our surroundings.

“That’s why it’s essential that we focus resources on keeping the streets clean and tidy for both residents and visitors, and I’m sure our new cleaning force will do a great job.”

Dedicated staff will cover areas like Princes Street Gardens, Calton Hill and Regent Road Park, while additional street cleaners will be deployed to parts of the south of the city, including the Pleasance, Tollcross and the Meadows.

They  will also work with the Fringe Society to target problem spots on the High Street, as well as liaising with businesses to resolve the problem of overflowing trade waste bins.

In addition to an increase in street cleaners, the Council will be adding extra litter bins around the city to cope with the anticipated rise in rubbish. Among these will be a batch of extra large bins, to be located in areas like George Street, Waterloo Place and the foot of Calton Hill, plus a further 25 super-sized bins for placement in popular locations such as Portobello Promenade and the Meadows.

But while the Council is committed to providing sufficient resources to help ensure the world’s favourite festival city runs smoothly over summer, the public have also been urged to take pride in their surrounds.

Councillor Hinds added: “We want to provide a welcoming and attractive atmosphere for everyone visiting and living in Edinburgh.

“But we have to count on the public to do their bit too – we can’t make the capital beautiful without their help. Show some love for Edinburgh by making sure you dispose of litter responsibly all year round.”

You can report litter and overflowing bins on the Council website.

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