First bossesÂ sayÂ it takes 25 minutes to clean EVERY bus EVERY night because of passengers dumping litter
Bus chiefs in South Yorkshire have urged passengers to think before they litter '“Â after revealing it takes cleaners 25 minutes EVERY night to clear up rubbish from EVERYÂ one of the firm's fleet of vehicles.
First South Yorkshire chiefs are urging passengers to take their litter home to avoid being faced with a mammoth cleaning job every night.
Each vehicle undergoes a daily clean of the exterior and interior every evening, which starts with a sweep of the bus to remove the rubbish and property left behind by customers.
All vehicles receive a deep clean every month, where a cleaner can spend up to four hours on one double decker.
Most popular items of rubbish left behind areÂ chewing gum, Metro newspapers, plastic bottles and chocolate wrappers.
The most common annoyance for cleaners is chewing gum being stuck underneath seats as this can damage the seats when removed.
Any items collected such as glass, metals, oils and general waste are sent away for recycling.
Lost property is stored for one month before being donated to charity, with regular items found including; purses/wallets, glasses and laptops.
Kevin Belfield, managing director at First South Yorkshire, said: 'Operating a reliable and value for money service is our highest priority, but we also want to ensure that the on-board experience is pleasant for our customers and that the vehicles are clean and welcoming.
'We have noticed an increase in customers leaving rubbish on board buses and we have therefore launched a campaign to encourage people to take their rubbish away with them and to leave the bus tidy.
'We have regular requests for larger litter bins on board our buses and we have taken this feedback on board and are now working with the manufacturers of our new buses, to ensure we have larger litter bins that are more visible.
'In the meantime, we'd urge customers to help keep the bus tidy by placing Metro newspapers back into the tray and to take any food and drink packaging away with them when leaving the bus.'