Council street team set to make a clean sweep

Street cleaning in West Oxfordshire could become a lot greener after the Council took delivery of a state-of-the-art sweeper on trial.

The machine made by Tennant is very similar to the existing four-strong fleet, except that it is powered by lithium ion batteries rather than diesel.

This means that street cleaning will become emissions-free while managers at Council waste contractor Ubico also hope there will be significant savings in terms of maintenance and operation when compared with conventional sweepers.

The move is all part of a drive to address environmental issues directly at the Council.

Recently it announced a climate emergency and new initiatives such as single use plastics working party have been organised.

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for Environment at the Council, said: “This is a fantastic idea and we will be examining the benefits of running this machine closely through the trial.

“We are considering a range of initiatives in the face of the real prospect of climate change and it is important that all available options are carefully considered.”

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB