How To Keep Streets Clean

Friday 2nd October 2020

Sophie Rioch

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Government figures in the years 2019 to 2020 showed that local councils across England spent a combined total of £694 million on street cleaning. InYourArea also conducted a social survey where they asked if people believed litter was an issue in their area, with 85% answering yes.

Your community needs active residents to ensure the outside of their house is clean, but sometimes professional help is needed. At ICE Cleaning, we provide street cleaning services nationwide. Our street cleaners use specialist methods and tools to deliver a high standard and restore your street.

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Read on to learn why it is important to keep your streets clean.

Why clean streets matter

With more than two million pieces of litter being dropped across the UK every day, keeping the streets clean is crucial for a healthier and safer environment. It is not just about visual aesthetics; it has a significant impact on our well-being. 

A clean and hygienic environment reduces the risks of slip and trip hazards caused by rubbish, debris, and hazardous materials like metal and glass. 

Hazardous materials disposed of improperly not only look unsightly but also release toxins in the air which can harm you and your family's health. Therefore, it's essential to ensure that the streets in your local community remain clean and free from hazardous waste.

Chewing gum under foot What you can do to help keep your streets clean

Everyone can do their part to ensure their community streets stay clean. It is beneficial to our health and also necessary to protect the environment. 

We must all take responsibility for maintaining our communities and local wildlife by preventing the spread of disease and illness. Picking up rubbish prevents animals from becoming ill or injured by discarded items. By keeping our streets and public spaces clean, we can also reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. 

Although it is the government's job to ensure our streets are regularly cleaned, it is also integral that we all take action and act as a collective to help keep our local areas clean. 

Participating in community clean-up initiatives or doing something as simple as picking up a piece of rubbish when we see it on the street is a big gesture to help your town.

We can also encourage others to do the same and spread the message of the importance of keeping our cities clean. By doing this, we can positively impact our communities and help protect our health and the environment.

Dispose of rubbish properly

We tend to dispose of our waste incorrectly, despite local councils providing dedicated bins for certain materials. Although our efforts have been shown to decrease the amount of waste ending up in landfill, there were 6.1 million tonnes disposed of in 2020.

You must take the time to dispose of your waste in the correct bins — doing so helps to create a more hygienic and cleaner environment on your street. Check your local council's support regarding recycling initiatives and how you can do your part.

At our street cleaning company, our technicians are fully qualified to safely and responsibly dispose of biohazardous and hazardous waste.

We understand that this type of waste requires special handling to ensure the safety of those around it. That is why we take all the necessary precautions to ensure that it is disposed of correctly so that our communities remain safe and clean.

Row of bins and bags of rubbish Sweeping

Public streets are bustling with thousands of people walking past your house daily. Unfortunately, this can result in an accumulation of litter that is not necessarily yours. 

However, you can improve the appearance of your neighbourhood by sweeping outside of your home and disposing of any waste in the appropriate bins. Bassine brooms are the best type for street cleaning due to the stiff bristles that allow for effective cleaning and collecting of debris.

This simple activity not only enhances the visual appeal of your area but can also encourage your neighbours to do the same. Additionally, sweeping removes any stray debris, stains, or trash from the surroundings.

Uphold Hygiene Standards

One of the essential elements to keep your streets clean is to maintain hygiene standards outside of your house to an impeccable level. Ensuring the lids to all of your bins are correctly shut is crucial to stopping rubbish from being scattered all over your street. 

Foxes can be a massive issue: they are known to jump into bins, drag waste out, knock bins over, and cause a complete mess. You can stop  them jumping in your bins but ensuring your bin lids are entirely shut. Other pests like squirrels, insects, and rodents may still try to enter them so you should:

  • Clean and rinse your bins every week
  • Tie your bin bags securely
  • Ensure all containers are clean of food waste
  • Try to reuse boxes or use a compost bin for food waste
  • Place your bins in a secure place after collection day

Reuse and recycle

Reusing and recycling as much as possible is a route to take when trying to create cleaner streets. If there is an object you do not need anymore, find another way to use it or donate it if possible. Neighbours, friends and family may need the object, or a local charity shop would be happy to take it.

If you have to throw the object away, ensure that the correct measures are put in place when it comes to disposing of the items or products that you no longer use. If the object you are looking to dispose of is large, ensure that you take it down to your local tip. 

If you are unsure if your local council has a recycling scheme for various waste collections, you can type in your postcode on the GOV.UK page. Some councils may also offer garden waste collections, which can help promote recycling in your community.

Carpool

By offering to take your child's friends to school, you reduce carbon emissions and improve the air quality in your local community. Over time, you will begin to notice the difference in the streets you live on and even in the attitude of your neighbours.

Additionally, if your community has a public transportation system, you can take the bus or train instead of driving, reducing your carbon footprint. 

By following these small, everyday steps, you can make a real difference to the environment and air quality in your area. As your efforts become more widespread within your neighbourhood, you will soon see a real improvement in the air quality and the appearance of your streets.

Get in touch

If you are struggling to keep your street clean or you have some concerns about the quality of your road, you can rely on ICE Cleaning's street cleaning team. We can be on-site at your earliest convenience and provide high-quality cleaning services.

Our support team can walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. You can reach out to us at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk, where we are available 24/7, all year around.

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