Barnet Council has rolled out a fleet of new environmentally-friendly, mechanised street cleansing machines. As part of the authority’s innovative approach to street cleaning, seven bright orange Glutton machines will be located in Barnet’s town centres, with an additional machine dedicated to targeting hotspot areas across Barnet.
The Glutton is a quiet, clean and environmentally-friendly alternative to ride-on street cleaners and powered barrows. Its powerful vacuum sucks up any waste that can pass through its 12.5cm diameter tube including paper, cardboard, cigarettes packets and butts, cans and glass, plastic and metal bottles, dog faeces, dead leaves, and waste trapped in tree grills.
Councillor Dean Cohen, chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, said: “Our residents expect our streets to be cleansed and maintained to excellent standards and this new equipment will help us 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.” 100% battery powered, the Glutton provides 12 hours of operation between charges. Virtually silent and with powerful dust capturing technology, it can be used during busy periods without creating any noise or air pollution for residents, businesses and shoppers. An intelligent, integrated battery charger enables recharging from any mains electricity supply, allowing for opportune charging in the field. Furthermore, as an all-electric machine, it requires virtually no maintenance or replacement of spare parts.
Barnet Council will deploy the machines in town centres from 11am-7pm daily. The fleet is part of the council’s £600,000 investment in new-generation equipment. Barnet Council purchased the fleet from the Glutton’s authorised UK distributor, Oldham-based ePower Trucks.