Vacuum machines help keep Merton clean

Merton Council’s clean team hit the streets of Mitcham today with their brand new ‘Glutton’ street cleaning machines.

Councillor Judy Saunders with one of the new Glutton machines in Mitcham town centre

Councillor Judy Saunders with one of the new Glutton machines in Mitcham town centre

Designed to suck up all kinds of waste and litter, the Glutton machines will be used by the council’s clean team to clean town centres and enable them to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time than previously. The five new machines are environmentally friendly and vacuum up any waste that will pass through its 12.5cm tube including paper, cardboard, cigarette packets and butts, cans and glass, plastic and metal bottles, dog poo, dead leaves, waste trapped in tree grills, wood, steel and more. They will also help to clean areas that are difficult to sweep manually.

With the council always looking for ways to keep Merton clean, the use of the Glutton machines follows the launch of the new Love Your Street anti-litter campaign. This campaign marks the council’s new approach in its ongoing fight against people littering and fly-tipping by boosting the positive work it does with residents, businesses, community groups and schools across the borough. As well as spending over £5million keeping Merton’s streets clean every year, the council takes tough action on people who litter and also invests time in educating people about the effects of environmental crime. The introduction of the new Glutton machines builds on the council’s other work to keep Merton clean including its partnership with environmental enforcement specialists, on-the-spot £75 penalty charge notices, the installation of special gum and cigarette butt bins across the borough and new high tech smart bins in parks.

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Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking Councillor Judy Saunders said: “These new machines are great and a fantastic example of Merton’s business-like approach to running our services. Not only will they help to keep our town centres clean but they should also help us be more efficient, delivering better value for our residents. We know that many residents take pride in where they live but it’s also important that the minority of people who litter take responsibility and do their bit to keep the borough clean.”

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