Cleaning streets with Wandsworth sweepers
Published: 21 September 2017
Sweeper Operative Kenneth Chambers has been keeping Battersea’s streets clean for nearly 20 years – and says he is incredibly proud to do his job.
Kenneth is one of 91 street cleaners who are out seven days a week with the aim of keeping our streets amongst the cleanest in London.
Kenneth explains, “I am proud of what I do because I live in the area too so it’s important for me to keep my streets clean.
“Residents know me in the area and I often receive positive feedback from local people.”
Starting at 6am, Kenneth begins his day by arranging his sweeping materials for the day which include a cart, waste bags and a broom.
Once Kenneth gathers his materials he sets off doing a loop around Battersea focusing on the residential streets off St. John’s Hill.
When Kenneth’s cart is full, he bags up the litter in a green waste bag ready for collection by one his team driving a waste van.
The street cleaning team work together, both cleaning the streets and collecting flytips.
They work seven days a week in rotating shifts which ensures that there is always a team out cleaning the streets.
The team spend their shifts cleaning six miles of streets daily with main town centres being cleaned up to five times a day.
How you can help keep Wandsworth Clean
- Leave your waste and recycling bags out on the correct day each week. See www.wandsworth.gov.uk/waste to check your collection day.
- Show your support on Twitter using the hashtag #KeepWandsworthClean
- Report flytips on the council website www.wandsworth.gov.uk/flytipping
- Pass on evidence that could help identify a flytipper in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Set up your own clean streets initiative with support from the Wandsworth Grant Fund. Visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/wgf
- Find the next Wandle Trust clean-up day at www.wandletrust.org
- Contact Jessica.email@example.com to find out more about how you can help #KeepWandsworthClean