Westminster City Council is gearing up for its annual spring clean. With over 200,000 residents and one million daily visitors the council has its work cut out keeping Westminster clean and tidy.
That’s why today, Council Leader, Nickie Aiken is launching a three-week campaign - highlighting the work of council staff and the varied jobs they do to ensure the city remains a nice place for the people who live and work here.
Our street cleansing teams are out every day, whatever the weather and collect about 190,000 tonnes of waste every year, making more than one million waste collections each week and dealing with over 10,000 cases of dumped rubbish.
At the end of a long winter, we are focusing even more on cleaning grime caused by prolonged poor weather. Each year council staff snap on rubber gloves, reach for the brooms and wash away winter from over 1,200 roads and nearly 30 parks. From scrubbing signs, polishing benches, blitzing pavements and blasting away gum, it takes over 700 staff working around the clock to keep the city ship shape.
This year the council is also offering residents the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities. There’s lots you can do, from recycling more to becoming a recycling volunteer, hosting a clothes swap with neighbours or coming to one of our ‘Give and Take’ events. You can even sign up to GoodGym and become a ‘plogger’ someone who combines litter picking with jogging.
Westminster City Council Leader Nickie Aiken said: “In Westminster we want everyone to feel proud of their community, that's why the work of street cleansing teams is so important. It takes a monumental effort from our staff to pick up the litter and wash away the grime of a long winter. This spring we want to recognise their hard work and highlight the jobs you never knew they did."