Festival cleansing team passes the 'trash test'

As Edinburgh gears up to celebrate 70 years of the Festival, the City of Edinburgh Council’s measures to keep the city looking its best for the anniversary are well under way.

Festival Cleansing

More than 40 additional staff will provide 24-7 street cleansing support over the busy summer months, joining the existing team of 90 working across the city’s Old and New Town.

On Wednesday, one of the crews was joined by Australian Fringe regulars, the Trash Test Dummies, who shared their own theatrical take on binning their litter.

The circus-style performers, who make use of wheelie bins, brooms and bin bags in their acrobatic show, checked out one of the Council’s own litter bins, specially branded to encourage the public to drop their rubbish in, and one of 350 emptied daily in the city centre.

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “This is such an exciting time of year, when we welcome many thousands of visitors to our city, including, as Trash Test Dummies have demonstrated, some of the more creative members of society!

“As ever, we want to ensure Edinburgh is as clean and tidy as possible for both residents and visitors and, thanks to our hard-working city centre team, we hope to be able to manage demand over the busy period.

“However, we rely on the public doing their share too. We would encourage people to always take care when disposing of their rubbish to help make the Capital as beautiful as we all know it is.”

Increased Festival street cleansing activity, which has been arranged based on demand over previous years, will see additional bin collection resources, as well as more frequent collections, during the busy months.

Day time ‘barrow beat’ staff, who are responsible for cleaning around 180km of streets, will be assisted by a night services crew, on hand to service litter bins and trade waste near pubs, clubs and fast food shops.

Dedicated Environmental Wardens will patrol the area, focusing on particularly busy periods, to discourage litter-dropping and fly-tipping, working alongside the Waste Compliance Team to enforce again any trade waste infringements by businesses. In the Grassmarket, specially-appointed Ambassadors will also monitor waste and cleansing in the area, while providing advice and guidance to visitors.

The public will be encouraged to do their part too, with a series of comedy-themed posters, online videos, ‘bin me’ stickers for takeaway packaging and popular ‘ballot’ cigarette bins designed to encourage responsible rubbish disposal, as part of the ongoing Our Edinburgh campaign

Find out more about reporting litter on the Council website.

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