The Streets Ahead team is helping residents ‘Keep Sheffield Stainless’ by installing barbecue bins in public spaces, including Devonshire Green, this summer.
Phil the Bin, the city’s anti-littering mascot, paid a visit to the Green to urge picnickers to look out for the shiny steel bins and use them to dispose of their barbecues and hot coals safely.
Phil is on a mission this year to get all residents and visitors to help “fill the bin”, whether that means barbecue bins, regular bins or the increasing number of recycling bins that can be found across the city.
Councillor Jack Scott, Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “As the weather hot’s up we know that residents will be using the public spaces across the city to have barbecues and socialise. We are encouraging this but also asking them to take responsibility for their litter use the barbecue and recycling bins provided.
“Each month the Streets Ahead team collects over 500 tonnes of waste across the city and, while our street cleaners do a great job, we need all residents, businesses and visitors to take care of their communities and not drop the litter in the first place.”
Darren Butt, Operations Director for the Streets Ahead team, said: “Summer is one of our busiest times of the year because everyone is out enjoying the nice weather. We have over 120 street cleaners working day and night to keep the city spotless.
“However, litter is something that is very noticeable. If each resident, business or visitor disposed of their litter responsibly, then we could ensure it is a better place for everyone to live in.”