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Cityclean staff paddle round the pier

Besi Besemar July 6, 2014

A team from Brighton & Hove City Council’s refuse and recycling arm Cityclean, entered a raft in this year’s Paddle Round the Pier Festival today.

Paddle Round the Pier
Paddle Round the Pier: Bin Floatin

The raft named Bin Floatin was made from wheelie bins, pallets and other recycled items collected from around their Hollingdean depot. The team hopes to raise awareness of the importance of recycling which cuts down the amount of waste sent to landfill and reduces the city’s waste disposal costs.

The raft was in the Paddle Something Unusual, race alongside other handmade vessels today. Sponsorship money collected will go to charities chosen by the event organisers, including the RNLI, Freddysmile – a Sussex based charity that raises money for children with cancer, and SLSGB (Surf Life Saving GB), which teaches sea safety and encourages young people to lead an active lifestyle.

Paddle Round the Pier, known as the world’s largest free charity beach festival, has been running in Brighton since 1996 and last year attracted 55,000 people.

Entries in previous year’s competitions have included aeroplanes, cranes, beds and a shed.

Cllr Pete West
Cllr Pete West

Cllr Pete West said: “Paddle Round the Pier has become a popular regular in the Brighton events calendar and this year, instead of just clearing up afterwards, our Cityclean staff wanted to be a part of it. It’s a fun thing to do but with a serious message and a great way to raise money for charity.

“We wish them all the very best of luck on their maiden voyage and will be cheering them on from a dry vantage point on the beach.”

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