27 May 2016

As the city prepares to host this weekend’s food festival, Streets Ahead is preparing to keep Sheffield litter free and looking its best before food-lovers descend.

Sheffield Food Festival showcases the quality and diversity of food and drink produced in the region and will take place this bank holiday weekend (Saturday 28 – Monday 30 May) at Sheffield’s Peace Gardens and Fargate.

The Streets Ahead team will be working hard to make sure the city is litter free before the food festival starts and then throughout the festival too. Extra bins will be placed around the festival area and will be regularly emptied. Special bins will also be loaned to exhibitors to help them to dispose of oil and food waste correctly.

Cllr Tony Downing, Cabinet Advisor for the Environment, said: “The Food Festival is a fantastic event for the Sheffield which attracts thousands of visitors each day of the festival. We want visitors to have a great time but also to ensure that they help us keep the city clean. We are encouraging them to use the many additional litter bins placed around the festival to help us ensure we keep Sheffield clean.”

Sara Bradley, Streets Ahead’s Street Cleaning Operations Manager, said: “The food festival is one of the challenges that our street cleaning teams face each year, ensuring that the city remains litter free, clean and pleasant place for thousands of visitors and residents.

“Our street cleaner’s do a fantastic job all year round, collecting more than 500 tonnes of litter each month from our streets, and went the extra mile during last year’s food festival and the Tramlines festival. It’s now a case of all hands on deck to achieve the same results again.”

For further information about the Food Festival visit: https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/sheffieldfoodfestival/