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Street Cleaner

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Street Cleaner
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Street cleaners collect litter from the street and other public areas. They keep pavements, roads and gutters clean, collect leaves, spread grit in icy conditions and empty litter bins.


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Street cleaners keep our roads and urban areas clear of litter and other debris. They collect waste from bins in public places and use brushes and shovels to clear up messy and dirty areas. Sometimes they use automatic, hand-operated cleaning machines to clean pavements and roadside gutters.  
 
In parks and green areas, they brush up fallen leaves and other natural debris and use litter-picking tools to collect discarded paper. They put the refuse in sacks and may use a van to transport these to a waste disposal site, for treatment by other operatives. They use litter pickers and use a pressure washer to clean paved areas and to clear ice and snow.  
 
Street cleaners are sometimes called on to help with other cleaning tasks. In a public toilet, they may clean basins, toilets and floors. Street cleaners may have to keep simple records, like vehicle mileage reports.


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You must be able to put up with all weather conditions since you will be working outdoors. As much of the working day is unsupervised and involves working alone, you must be reliable and able to use common sense to overcome cleaning problems, such as dealing with minor oil spills. Being fit and active are also important factors.  
 
The work is often dirty and messy so you must be prepared to get your hands dirty. You should be able to work to a routine.  
 
The work can involve bending and lifting, and can sometimes be quite demanding, so you should be physically fit. You will need a basic technical understanding of the simple machinery, such as static compacting machines and automatic road-sweeping machines, which you will operate.  
 
As a street cleaner, you need to be aware of, and use, safe working practices. Working in the local community means that you must be able to get on with the general public.


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