Cityclean men and women will head to the beach this weekend to take part in a community festival.

A team from Brighton and Hove City Council’s refuse and recycling arm Cityclean, is entering a raft in this weekend’s Paddle Round the Pier Festival.

The raft named Bin Floatin has been made from wheelie bins, pallets and other recycled items collected from around the Hollingdean depot with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of recycling.

The team will set sail in the Paddle Something Unusual race alongside other handmade vessels on Sunday at noon with sponsorship money going to charities chosen by the event organisers, including the RNLI, child cancer charity Surf Life Saving GB.

More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the event at Hove Lawns of the weekend making it the world’s largest free charity beach festival.

Councillor 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. “