Cleaner streets boost for Birmingham thanks to new mechanical sweepers

Published: Wednesday, 3rd February 2021

Ongoing efforts to improve Birmingham’s neighbourhoods have been bolstered by a deal that has seen the city council start to take delivery of 31 new street sweeping vehicles.

The vehicles will be deployed across the city and they replace ageing machines that had reached the end of their operational lives.

The roll-out to the city’s four waste depots is due to be complete by the end of March and the vehicles are replacements as part of an ongoing lease deal.

Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, said: “Clean streets are consistently a high priority for people in this city, so it is important that our hardworking crews and teams have the tools available to them to achieve the aspirations that residents have for Birmingham.

“We are always looking at how we can best utilise technology and innovation to improve the cleanliness of our neighbourhoods – and street sweeping vehicles are one of the well-established ways to help do this.

“Our fleet was in need of an upgrade and we will now be able to deliver a more reliable and effective service in the future. Keep a look out for the vehicles on a street near you soon.”

Part of a wider modernisation programme, the street sweepers join 76 new refuse collection vehicles that started to be delivered to the council’s depots last month through a further £11million investment in street scene services.

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