As host to over 20,000 people who attended the Coronation Concert on Sunday 7 May at Windsor Castle, and the thousands of additional visitors to the area, the Royal Borough performed a very special role in the celebrations.
Alongside the annual seasonal programme, which includes street washing, a deep clean of Windsor town centre and the weed removal programme, Urbaser crews worked in shifts over the weekend, sweeping, cleaning and litter picking.
All major public conveniences in the town were manned with additional foot patrols brought in to collect waste from local shops every evening and to re-wash pavements. In total around 20 tonnes of waste were collected over the three days.
Graham Tidy, contracts manager, Urbaser Ltd, said: 'As part of the Royal Borough’s street cleaning programme we firstly highlighted the two main routes into Windsor and set about de-weeding them all and clearing them both of any detritus. We cut the grass along these designated routes and jet washed every pavement in Windsor town centre and around the castle including Eton High Street. We also cleaned the two main routes leading up to the castle. During the final week we were keeping the route clean daily with crews walking along it to make sure it was weed free, litter free and clean, and kept that way.'
Mr Tidy added: 'From the Friday to the Sunday we had a team of 15 people, divided into three shifts, working day and night, to keep the town clean and remove litter. During the last shift, which started at 6am on Sunday morning, they not only kept the pavements litter free they also collected trade waste plus any additional waste and returned the town centre back to normal by 1.00am Monday morning.'
Javier Peiro, managing director of Urbaser UK, said: 'We thank our teams in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead for their hard work and dedication in making sure the Borough remained clean and beautifully presented throughout the King’s Coronation celebrations. Our crews perform an excellent job for us all year round and their efforts last weekend went above and beyond.'
Alysse Strachan, head of Neighbourhood Services at the royal borough, said: 'The Coronation weekend brought thousands of extra visitors from across the UK and abroad to celebrate in the Royal Borough. This is fantastic, although of course it brings additional significant pressures on services, and we were very pleased with the hard work of the Urbaser crews to help keep Windsor looking pleasant and attractive during this high footfall period.'