Limited resources can present challenges for local governments in the maintenance of their municipalities. The partnership between UMS and the City of Sydney is a great example of how our graffiti management knowledge is being utilised to assist in the cleansing and maintenance of the City.
Responsible for the city centre and over 30 suburbs, the City is home to a diverse and vibrant community of over 183,000 residents.
Our contract with the City commenced in September 2014 and includes graffiti management and bill poster removal. Through the engagement of a paper recycling company, UMS has developed an innovative and greener solution in the removal process of illegal bill posters and recycling of the waste paper. These illegal posters are being taped to poles and building surfaces in the Sydney LGA and have become a growing source of visual pollution and paper wastage.
As a result, our UMS graffiti management team maintains a program where by all illegal bill posters are collected from building surfaces and poles, returned to the depot and baled into blocks and collected by the recycler.
The collection of bill posters are compacted into large bales with each bale weighing approximately 150 kg. On average, up to 6 bales of compacted bill posters are collected on a weekly basis with over 900kg of poster adhesive residue being effectively recycled.
This is a wonderful outcome for the City of Sydney in its quest to meet its own recycling targets each year. Prior to this initiative, it was not possible to separate the glue residue from the bill posters, resulting in tonnes of bill posters and adhesive discarded as landfill waste. UMS is proud to be working with the Council of City of Sydney as Safe, Trusted, Experts.