EASTBOURNE Mayor Councillor Steve Wallis has given the town’s refuse, recycling and street cleaning teams a big thank you for their hard work during the pandemic. 

The Mayor visited the teams at their headquarters in Courtlands Road, Eastbourne, to thank them for their dedication, professionalism and determination in ensuring the town remains clean and litter free. 

Since the start of the pandemic in March, many members of the public have placed thank you notes on their bins in appreciation of the work that carried on in emptying black, brown and green wheelie bins from 48,000 households.

Those notes have now been compiled into a poster, which is now on the waste operations Garden Waste vehicles. 

In addition the street cleansing teams have worked non-stop to empty numerous litter and dual (mixed and recycled waste material) bins and to keep streets clean with their focus now also on the annual leaf clearance programme.

The Mayor said: “It was a real pleasure to meet the waste teams and to hear first-hand the great work that they do. Keeping a town the size of Eastbourne clean is not an easy task, but thanks to the hard work of all those within the cleansing teams, be they doing the physical work, dealing the logistics or customer facing, we can all be very proud of the work that they do and I thank them for it.” 

Sean Towey, Head of Environment First for Eastbourne Borough Council, said: “It was a real pleasure to have The Mayor visit our depot today, to share his positive experience of the service over the past plus year and more especially his gratitude particularly in light of Covid19 and the challenges faced, including significantly increased tonnages of residual (mixed) waste, dry mixed recycling and garden waste recycling, the number of fly-tipping offences as well as challenges on the frontline particularly the town centre, promenade and beaches for our street cleansing colleagues, all of which this herculean team has ensured are kept clean and safe at all times.”