Glasgow City Council share street cleaning costs as Glasgow named 'third highest' expenditure on net street cleaning costs

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Glasgow spends the third highest amount on net street cleaning costs in Scotland

Glasgow spent the third highest amount on net street cleaning costs in Scotland, during the last financial year according to the latest figures.

A report submitted to the operations and scrutiny committee on Tuesday reveals that the net cost of street cleaning per 1000 people was £22.27 per person – an increase of 92p per person on last year’s 2021/22 figures. 

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Figures from the city council suggested that when it comes to spending money on street cleaning in 2022/23, Edinburgh and Stirling come out on top. 

During Tuesday’s committee meeting councillor Ricky Bell said he was surprised Glasgow’s net cost was so high when the service isn’t as good as it could be. 

Councillor Bell said: “I am very interested in the net cost of street cleaning. It says we are actively reviewing the street cleaning costs and benchmarking other local authority models.

“Could we have a bit more detail about what that means and what the timescale for that is? 

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“What is the benchmarking showing us because I think most people would be quite surprised that our cost is so high when the service is not as good as we would like it to be.”

An overflowing bin in Glasgow from the 2021 refuse worker GMB Scotland strike.An overflowing bin in Glasgow from the 2021 refuse worker GMB Scotland strike.
An overflowing bin in Glasgow from the 2021 refuse worker GMB Scotland strike. | Getty Images

A report claims that Glasgow has been actively reviewing its street cleaning cost and since 2018 there has been on-going investment which has impacted the price.

This has included the introduction of bin sensor technology, a bin replacement strategy – to increase the capacity for waste and reduce collection rates and route optimisation technology for street sweepers allowing resources to be deployed where needed. 

A council officer said: “The individual services are looking at their local financial return because the devil is in that detail in terms of how that is configured.

“There may be questions on how we are recording that as well as the improvement services are interpreting it as well.”

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