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Bonfire clear up is ''phenomenal'' effort by Environment First

Lewes bonfire clean-up
Lewes bonfire clean-up

The Chair of Lewes District Council has thanked the council's Environment First team for the "phenomenal" efforts in clearing up after the bonfire celebrations.

As about 30,000 revellers made their way home, the Environment First crew cleared over seven tonnes of waste from the streets during the early hours.

Councillor Christine Brett, Chair of Lewes District Council, said: "I never cease to be impressed by the dedication and sheer hard work of all the council staff involved in returning Lewes town to its clean and tidy self by the time the next day dawns. Seven tonnes of rubbish collected is simply phenomenal."

The clearance of so much rubbish in such a short time ensured that on Saturday morning local people saw little signs of the previous night's celebrations.

Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet Member for Recycling, Waste and Open Spaces, said: "I drove through Lewes at 6.30am and there was no evidence whatsoever that Lewes town had thousands of people celebrating bonfire just a few hours earlier. I also visited the Environment First team who were by then enjoying a well earned breakfast and thanked them all for their incredible efforts."