Unsung heroes clear up a simply frightful mess

Even the City Hall was lit up
Even the City Hall was lit up
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OVER 40,000 people may have enjoyed this year’s Fright Night - but Sheffield’s biggest outdoor party of the year also produced a simply shocking amount of rubbish.

Not that anyone would have guessed the next day.

Around three tonnes of litter was removed from city centre streets overnight by just nine city council Streetscene volunteers.

“They’re the unsung heroes of the night - they can really be proud of themselves and what they’ve achieved,” said assistant head of the service, Andrew Staniforth.

The workers started their shift at 3pm and finally headed home for bed at 2am on Sunday morning - with regular staff starting work at 5am to finish the job off.

By the time office workers and commuters arrived in town just a couple of hours later it was as if the country’s biggest Halloween event had never even happened.

Andrew said one key move had been installing extra litter bins in areas expected to be particularly busy, in places like Tudor Square, Barkers Pool and the Peace Gardens and around fast food outlets.

Dozens of stalls were selling Halloween goodies, many producing a wide variety of litter.

“The bins are well used and we are grateful for that, but the team then has to work hard to empty them so they can be ready for re-use,” he said.

Routine litter picking also continued until the event came to a close at around 9pm - when the hard work really started.

“We had our small mechanical sweepers out straight away starting the clear up, followed by a larger vehicle. The team concentrated on litter hot spots and spillages. The hard work went on until 2am,” Andrew said.

“We hit our target time for the main clear up - though there will be a certain amount of tidying up to complete throughout this week.”

Andrew added: “Without our staff’s commitment it would have been a different story.

“But we have been handling Fright Nights for a few years now, even though the event does seem to get bigger and bigger each time.

“So we do know what is involved in the clean up, and we’ve learned how to do it all well.”.