Street cleaners keep streets and public areas in cities, towns, villages and the countryside free of litter and rubbish. Duties include:
Most street cleaners work a 37 to 40 hour week, Monday to Friday. They start at around 7am or earlier, and finish work during the afternoon. Weekend work and overtime is common after public events such asfootball matches or concerts.
Street cleaners work outdoors every day of the year, whatever the weather. The work is active, involving bending, walking and lifting. Protective clothing is usually worn.
To be a street cleaner you should:
Most street cleaners are employed by local authorities, or by companies contracted to provide cleaning services on the authority's behalf. There are approximately 15,000 street cleaners in the UK.
It is also possible to work as a street cleaner for owners of property open to the public, such as stations, airports, large parks and tourist attractions.
You may be able to move into other areas of work within local authorities, such as refuse collection or direct works. With experience and qualifications, progression to supervisory and management levels is possible.
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