New street sweeping machines in Hackney

New green sweeping machines have hit the streets in Hackney’s town centres to ensure the pavements are kept even cleaner.

They will allow the borough’s town centre street sweepers to cover more ground, more quickly, ensuring litter levels are kept low.

The machines, which can sweep up general litter as well as cigarette ends and glass, are being used in Shoreditch, Hackney Central, Dalston, Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We’ve listened to our residents and have done a lot of work to improve the cleanliness of Hackney’s town centre streets.

“The green sweeping machines are a valuable addition to the service as the Council strives to make Hackney a cleaner, greener place.”

The Council is also in the process of renewing and modernising the existing street cleansing fleet to improve street cleansing efficiency overall.

Hackney’s streets have gone from among the dirtiest to among the cleanest in London, and resident satisfaction with waste operations has improved by 21 per cent since 2003.

Last year, 18,700 tonnes of litter and waste were collected by the Council from Hackney’s streets. To keep the streets clean, 172 operatives are employed in street cleansing daily Monday to Friday, and an average of 125 operatives daily Saturday and Sunday.

This includes 15 mobile crews and 88 beat sweepers, including 11 town centre beats. All streets are swept at least twice a week and main roads are cleaned once or twice a day.

The Council has three permanent graffiti crews and has secured funding for extra crews to concentrate on Shoreditch until September 2008, with a further two crews to concentrate on town centres until March 2009. This will enable the Council to take part in various initiatives including working with the Police and other partners in “clean up campaigns” and providing information for enforcement action.