Street Cleansing

With a 90+ strong team, Colas completes all aspects of street cleansing in Portsmouth working a full 7 day week, 365 days of the year.

Public Litter Bins - The Street Cleansing Team regularly empty public litter bins across the city 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The team check the litter bins in busy city centre locations multiple times a day to ensure they do not get full and empty them if they are more than half-full. The litter bins across the city are dual-purpose so they can also be used for dog waste.

Dog Bins - Portsmouth has over 1000 dog waste bins dotted around the city. These are emptied, cleaned and disinfected three times a week by a 3-man team over a 7-day week, 52 days weeks per year. Colas can collect in excess of 6 tonnes of dog waste each week.

Graffiti - The Colas Grimebuster Team deal with graffiti removal. This 2-man team use a high-pressure hot water wash to clean graffiti on lamp columns and subways or any other area affected by graffiti. They remove any offensive graffiti within 2 hours of receiving the report.

Block Sweeping - Colas’ team of road sweepers undertake a block sweep in residential areas every week within 24 hours of the household waste removal. Working Tuesday through to Saturday every week, each team of block sweepers has its dedicated route.

Alleyway Sweeping - The team sweep all of Portsmouth’s many alleyways weekly & remove any fly tip.

Litter Picking - Our team of litter pickers’ work 12 hours per day, 7 days a week to keep the streets free of litter. During the summer, Colas increase the frequency and number of operatives litter picking on the beach and seafront to cope with the longer days and influx of visitors to the city.

Leaf Fall - Leaf fall season usually starts in the second week of October and runs for 8-10 weeks depending on the weather. A dedicated team of operatives work Monday to Friday to complete a programme to remove fallen leaves from the highway. From experience, the team know which roads in the city have early and late leaf fall and programme these roads in accordingly. However, the programme is not set in stone and Colas adjust the order to react to any reported leaf fall issues.

Fly-tip - Colas’ fly-tip team, affectionately known as ‘The Hit Team’ is made up of 2 men and a 7.5 tonne truck. The team is on stand-by to react to reported fly-tips and usually removes them within 24-hours