Loos to Leeds and rubbish to recyclers – the challenge of tidying up after the Suffolk Show

Heavy farme equipment is load on to a low loader during the Suffolk Show clear up at Trinity Park

Heavy farme equipment is load on to a low loader during the Suffolk Show clear up at Trinity Park

How do you follow-up the most successful Suffolk Show for years? With an epic Suffolk Show clean-up operation.

Once the stall holders and visitors have dispersed it falls to a team of bin men, litter pickers and stewards to remove all traces of the annual agricultural festival from Trinity Park ready for its next engagement.

John Taylor, senior steward of the show ground, is the man responsible for ensuring the clean-up goes to plan.

It’s no mean feat when some of the larger traders have brought around £1million worth of equipment to the event. “Most of the high-value stuff gets taken away on Thursday evening,” he said. “We have our event security and they are on the gates to make sure everyone picks up the right stuff.”

Mr Taylor explained the high number of visitors this year tested their waste resources, all of which now had to be disposed of.

“This year particularly we have been under pressure with the litter and loos because everything we do up here involves some sort of waste.”

During and after the show three compactors go around picking up the rubbish from around 500 bins ranging from 340litre public general waste bins to 1,100l ones for recyclable waste generated by caterers.

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With most of the stall holders wanting electricity and water, Mr Taylor said electricians and plumbers would be on site for about two weeks taking up the pipes and cables laid down beforehand.

Meanwhile, the portable toilets were being cleaned and prepared to be shipped home – to Leeds.

“The key thing is the value we get from contractors who know our show,” Mr Taylor added.