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Tuesday March 26th 2019

Sheffield BID businesses team up to tackle grime and rubbish

More than 50 volunteers from Sheffield businesses have completed a litter pick of the city centre to mark the start of Sheffield BID’s Spring Clean.

Volunteers from thirteen Sheffield businesses collected 50 of bags of rubbish during the litter pick, which marks the start of six weeks of free graffiti removal for businesses in the city centre by Sheffield BID’s Clean Team.

The BID Spring Clean is an annual event organised by Sheffield BID which sees volunteers from city centre businesses head out for a day of cleaning action. They were joined by Sheffield BID’s Clean Team, a specialist graffiti removal team which provides a free graffiti removal service to Sheffield BID levy payers, and the Street Rangers, a team of street cleaners who undertake a daily morning round to clear the city centre of mess left by rough sleepers and late night revellers.

Volunteers at the launch of Sheffield BID’s Spring Clean. Photo Andy Brown

During the BID Spring Clean, which will run for six weeks, Sheffield BID’s street teams tackle grime in the city centre, targeting known grot spots and giving them a clean before thousands of visitors arrive in Sheffield city centre for the festival season. In addition to the regular service they provide to BID levy payers, the Clean Team will remove graffiti free of charge for any privately owned, commercial property within the Sheffield BID boundary, with owner’s permission.

Volunteers with some of the rubbish collected. Photo Andy Brown.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, said: “Sheffield BID is committed to making Sheffield city centre cleaner for those who live and work here and leave a lasting positive impression on visitors to the city.

“Our city centre litter pick has become an annual event which marks six weeks of additional cleaning by Sheffield BID’s street cleaning teams ahead of the warmer months. It was fantastic to see so many volunteers from city centre businesses get involved and see 50 bags of rubbish removed from Sheffield’s streets. I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and businesses who volunteered for the day.”

Thirteen city centre businesses volunteered during the BID Spring Clean litter pick including: McDonalds, John Lewis, Sheffield Futures. South Yorkshire Transport Executive, The Moor, WanDisco, Arm, HSBC, Turner Townsend, Sheffield College, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Sheffield Futures and Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group.  

Volunteers head out to litter pick Sheffield city centre

The event forms part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, a national event which aims to inspire 500,000 people to join forces – in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government – to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

Sheffield BID’s Clean Team remove graffiti from the city’s streets

During the BID Spring Clean Sheffield BID will remove graffiti from privately owned, commercial properties, free of charge. Landlords and tenants of private commercial properties in the city centre affected by graffiti can add these to the BID Spring Clean schedule, free of charge, by emailing cleanteam@sheffieldbid.com.

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