They’re the hidden heroes of keeping Sheffield tidy.
Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead team are out before dawn emptying bins, sweeping streets and washing pavements.
On a weekly basis they sweep 1,180 miles of streets, and empty 3,334 bins, whatever the weather. Every month 500 tonnes of litter is collected from Sheffield – equivalent to 40 double-decker buses full.
The team has also responded to 23,127 reports of fly-tipping in two years.
Rubbish is a major concern for many residents.
It’s one of those things that can infuriate usually laid back people because it is the height of bad manners and disrespect to litter the streets.
The Streets Ahead team are at the forefront of fighting back against the fly-tippers and litter-bugs.
More can be done. The public have a responsibility for disposing of their rubbish in a responsible fashion.
The councils, across South Yorkshire, can be pro-active so there are no excuses for lazy littering and fly-tipping.
And the police need to have more of a presence on the streets to prevent this anti-social behaviour.
Change starts with the little things.
Get those right and everyone benefits.