Barnet London Borough Council has underlined its commitment to street cleaning in the area by purchasing new machines to undertake this work.
The council is following in the footsteps of other local authorities who have identified the need for environmentally friendly waste management resources to clean streets and keep these services for residents at the forefront of efficiency.
A number of councils have taken advantage by introducing electric vehicles into their fleets; for Barnet, the purchase of seven new Glutton machines will now patrol and clean the town centres, while an eighth will be used to target areas that have specific issues regarding cleaning.
The purchase of these machines ensures that residents will benefit from clean town centres and streets, and for Councillor Dean Cohen, Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, the purchase will increase the council’s efficiency too.
He said: “Our residents expect our streets to be cleansed and maintained to excellent standards and this new equipment will help us to achieve this.
“The orange glutton machines will make it quicker for our teams to clean large areas, with the street vacuums able to clear smaller pieces of litter much better.
“The machines are also electric, environmentally friendly and can operate quietly without causing noise pollution.”
It is part of the council’s £600,000 investment in equipment which has also included the purchase of mechanical sweepers that improve efficiency and maintain roads all year round.
The electric-powered glutton machines can vacuum all types of waste and can operate for 12 hours without the need to charge.
Waste that can be collected by these machines include paper, cardboard, cigarette packets, cans, glass, plastic and metal bottles, dead leaves and waste trapped in tree grills.
Because these machines are smaller and quieter, they can be operated during busy periods in the town centres without causing noise pollution or disruption for businesses.