Bristol’s streets will look cleaner thanks to a significant investment.: Bristol Clean Streets Final

03 Apr 2019

Bristol’s streets will look cleaner thanks to a significant investment.

Bristol City Council has agreed to make a £1million investment into tackling increased reports by residents of litter, fly-tipping and graffiti.

The council will be taking direct action to clean up areas where there are significant problems, as well as working hard to challenge and change the behaviour of people who do not take good care of our city. 

As part of the investment, the city centre and a number of central parks will benefit from new high tech bins that can compact litter and hold up to six times more than a standard bin. The bins will also email Bristol Waste Company directly when they need emptying.

Money will also be spent on a cherry picker to help graffiti removal crews access graffiti over 2m high, and an electric vehicle that will help increase the number of crews removing graffiti in the city centre.

The fantastic volunteers groups who help to try and improve Bristol’s streets will also benefit from the investment. 100 litter picking kits will be made available for schools, and new equipment, including graffiti removal kits, are set to be purchased for community clean ups.

The Clean Streets Campaign was launched by the Mayor in November 2016, with the aim of making the city measurably cleaner by 2020. Delivering the Mayor’s Clean Streets pledge and tackling environmental crime in the city remains one of the council’s and the city’s, top priorities.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “This investment recognises how important addressing littering and graffiti  is to the people of Bristol. We know that these are issues that people care deeply about, and that is why we are investing extra funds to try and clean up the city and challenge the behaviour of people who continue to think it is acceptable to treat the city as their personal bin.

“The money will support our ongoing focus on the Clean Streets Campaign and will bolster our ability to clean the city streets.

“The funds will allow us to take practical action, as well as support our engagement with local communities and schools, and strengthen our ability to gather evidence about environmental crimes.

“The Clean Streets Campaign is our response to tackling the increased amount of environmental issues that the city is facing, which is a challenge faced by all large cities.

“I would like to thank the hardworking staff at Bristol Waste Company, and the many volunteers across the city, who are already working hard to make the streets cleaner and more welcoming. We now need everyone to work together to make Bristol as city we can all be proud of.”

This month also sees the Great Bristol Spring Clean taking place across the streets and parks of the city. The initiative, which supports the Clean Streets campaign and saw more than 400 volunteers collecting rubbish and recycling from roads, lanes, gardens and parks last year, is running until April 23. More information on the Great Bristol Spring Clean, and how to borrow a litter picking kit from Bristol Waste is available here.

Tony Lawless, Managing Director, Bristol Waste said; “Keeping Bristol streets clean and green is a top priority for us, and this investment will give us, and local residents, the tools we need to further tackle litter and graffiti in the city.

“We know that keeping Bristol clean is not something we can do alone, and that is why being able to invest in tools for our growing team of volunteers, and litter-picking kits for every school in the city, is so important and will empower them to do more. Combined with our fun behaviour change campaign, we hope the investment will also encourage even more people to get involved in helping keep Bristol ship shape.”

Bristol’s Quality of Life Survey shows that 80% of Bristolians think street litter is a problem. In neighbourhoods which face the greatest inequality this rises to 94%.  Only 34% of people are satisfied public land is kept clear of litter and refuse. This drops to 16% for neighbourhoods facing the greatest inequality.