THURROCK Council is testing equipment new to the borough in a continued bid to keep Thurrock tidy.
The three month pilot will see industrial-strength cleaning machines being put through their paces to tidy the highstreet more efficiently.
The heavy duty machines are being trialled to see if the clean-up will reduce operative time without compromising results – meaning time can be spent elsewhere.
Two machines are being tested. The first is a Maxwind electric sweeper – an electric version of the mechanical sweepers already in use.
The second is a Glutton electric max vacuum which has the power to pick up a range of items – from cigarette butts to plastic bottles.
The pilot is running in Grays Town Centre between December to February – after which the results will be reviewed. These machines have been used by other councils as well as on engineering projects – such as Crossrail.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pauline Tolson, welcomed the trial: “Clean it, Cut it, Fill it has shown residents that the council will consider all options to keep the borough clean.
“Testing this equipment is the right thing to do. Although, in an ideal world, these would not be needed as residents should be putting their rubbish and cigarette butts in the bin and not on the floor.”
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