Kent’s refuse collectors and street cleaning teams thanked in campaign

Kent’s refuse collectors and street cleaning teams thanked in campaign

 Published: 25-Aug-2020

Waste and street cleaning teams from each of the 13 councils in Kent worked constantly throughout lockdown earlier this year but as key workers they are sometimes overlooked. This campaign aims to highlight the work the teams do and the tasks they undertake every day to keep the streets clean and safe.

The campaign sees Gravesham Borough Council and every local authority in Kent (excluding Medway) coming together to showcase the work their waste and street cleaning teams carry out.

Cllr Lee Croxton, Gravesham Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: “We are proud of the efforts of our waste and recycling collection teams, both during lockdown and in more normal times.

“I think the efforts of our crews to maintain collections during such difficult circumstances in recent months really were appreciated by local residents and I know they were genuinely moved by the support and thanks they received.

“In recent weeks we have recruited additional staff to our street cleansing teams as we redouble our efforts to keep our Borough clean.

“Having our waste regularly collected and our streets cleaned is something we take for granted, but the statistics show it is an enormous logistical challenge every week.”

Figures within the animation show that in Kent 15,974 litter bins are emptied each week and each refuse and recycling collector walks 50 miles a week (on average), the same distance as walking from Gravesend to Margate.

The animation goes on to describe the impact made on the environment too, such as each week 1,458 tonnes of garden waste and 591 tonnes of food recycling are turned into compost in Kent.

The Kent Resource Partnership worked with each local authority to compile the statistics and get an over-arching picture of the work that goes on across the county.

The public can show their appreciation of refuse and recycling crews with downloadable Thank You posters, available via www.gravesham.gov.uk to print at home, colour in and display in windows.

A fly-on-the-wall film made with local authorities in Kent shows the hands-on work done, from ‘hit squads’ in Dartford to beach litter picks in Ramsgate.

The short film has been months in the making. From 5am sunrise shoots braving all weather conditions to crew members wearing action cameras capturing their view of the world while they work, the mini documentary follows the shifts carried out by the 1,000 strong front-line staff in Kent.

 Last updated: 11-Sep-2020