21 May 2015

Food lovers flocking to this weekend’s Food Festival (23rd to 25th May) will also be able to meet Phil the Bin, Streets Ahead’s litter mascot, and find out more about keeping our city clean.

The Streets Ahead team, who collect over 500 tonnes of litter each month from the streets of Sheffield, will be taking their roadshow bus to the three-day event. Visitors can hop aboard to learn more about litter and how they can help to keep our city rubbish-free.

The team will also be supporting the festival by cleaning up any rubbish throughout the event.

Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The Food Festival is a fantastic event and each year attracts thousands of people into the city.

“We are encouraging all residents and visitors to the city for the festival to have a good time but we are also encouraging them to dispose of their litter in the litter bins provided or to take it home with them.”

Darren Butt, Streets Ahead’s Operations Manager, said: “We’ll have a presence at Sheffield Food Festival as part of our commitment to a cleaner, greener Sheffield.

“The Streets Ahead team work hard to keep the city clean and litter free, but unfortunately we know that rubbish is continually dropped onto the streets. “The community are often very keen to get involved in doing their bit to keep the city litter-free and reduce litter in Sheffield by 30% by 2017 and this is a great opportunity to come and see what we do in the city and how you can help.

“Over the coming months Phil the Bin will be out and about a lot more, talking to the city about litter and its effects on the community.”

Children will also be able to get involved in the action by putting their colouring skills to the test and getting their hands on some Phil the Bin goodies.

The Sheffield Food Festival, which is taking place Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th May, is now in its fifth year and will feature street food vendors, artisan food stalls, chef demo tent, beer festival tent and even a pop-up farm.