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Garden waste vehicles in Lewes District get new look thanks to residents' appreciation during Covid 19

Environment First thank you notes poster

Lewes District Council's garden waste vehicles have been given a new look thanks to the appreciation of residents during Covid 19.

Since the start of the pandemic in March, many members of the public have placed thank you notes on their bins in appreciation of the work that carried on throughout lockdown to empty bins in the district. Those notes have been compiled into a poster, which is displayed on the garden waste vehicles and at the waste operation's depot in Robinson Road, Newhaven, as a reminder for staff of residents' kind words of appreciation.

Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet Member for Recycling, Waste and Open Spaces, who visited the refuse, recycling and street cleaning teams at their depot in Robinson Road, Newhaven, said: "Our Environment First crews have been working harder than ever during the pandemic so it is wonderful to see that residents have really appreciated their efforts to keep the district clean.

"Our investment in relocating our waste services and creating a new state-of-the-art waste depot in Avis Way, Newhaven, replacing older vehicles and now bringing these services together under Environment First shows our commitment to prioritising the environment while at the same time maintaining a first-class service for residents."

Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: "I am very proud of the fantastic job that continues to be carried out by our Environment First team during this challenging time."

Sean Towey, Head of Environment First for Lewes District Council, said: "It was a real pleasure to have Councillors MacCleary and Carr visit our depot to share their positive experience of the service over the past plus year and more especially their gratitude particularly in light of Covid 19 and the challenges faced."