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A glutton for punishment?
Cigarette butts and chewing gum are being blitzed from streets by South Holland District Council's powerful new cleaning machine - the Glutton - which has been commissioned as part of the council's successful Pride in South Holland campaign, which aims to clean up unloved sites in the district.
The potent machine is highly effective at cleaning up cigarette butts, drinks bottles and chewing gum from pavements. Electrically-driven, it runs silently, using a lengthy vacuuming nozzle to clear hard-to-reach pavement cracks and kerbsides.
"We're confident that the Glutton machine will prove extremely effective at clearing litter from our streets," says Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for Waste Management. "It has been used by other local authorities across the country and has already met with positive acclaim.
"Our small street cleaning team do an excellent job, but we're always looking for ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service and support our determination to make the district a clean and enjoyable place to live. Our team will be using the Glutton machine to clean streets and pavements on a daily basis.
"The machine is initially being trialled for three months and if it proves successful then it could be secured for an extended period."
A pavement sweeper is also being used alongside the Glutton to clear dirt from walkways.
The Pride in South Holland campaign was launched last year to tackle eyesore sites in the district and has made great strides.
Highlights have included the cleaning up of the former Bull and Monkie pub in Spalding, clearing over 200 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish from roadsides and the re-painting of children's play areas.
The initiative also coincides with a national campaign run by Keep Britain Tidy to remove chewing gum from streets which launches this month.
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29th October 2015