Haringey Council and Veolia are introducing three new electric sweeper barrows as well as an electric caged tipper vehicle to the streets of Wood Green, part of further steps being taken to keep the area clean and green.
Following resident engagement, which highlighted the importance of cleaner streets, this new street cleansing equipment will play a vital role in delivering a cleaner borough for the local community, said the council.
Over the past 18 months, council officers have been trialling various equipment which can be used to support cleansing staff who tackle multiple challenges every day. With the aim of having cleaner high streets in the borough, the new electric barrows and caged tipper will be deployed across Wood Green shopping area.
The electric barrows will support staff by helping them to move around our streets and carry waste more efficiently. The built-in cold pressure washers will help remove any dirt or spillages on pavements.
Whilst the tipper’s primary use will be to collect sweeper bags, remove any dumped items, and support the team in emptying the new dual litter and recycling bins, the new vehicle will also clean litter bins, wash down sections of pavement and provide a rapid response to clear any larger spillages that occur.
Cllr Seema Chandwani, Cabinet Member for Resident Services & Tackling Inequality, said: “By actively engaging with our residents and businesses, we’ve noticed a strong sense of pride in Wood Green – an area which hosts one of the busiest high streets in London.
“Wood Green is a vibrant hub and is home to a wide range of shops, restaurants, a great library and popular youth centre.
“Our investment in new electronic cleansing equipment that will enhance our efforts to ensure Wood Green continues to attract thousands of shoppers and visitors each week.
“Maintaining Wood Green’s cleanliness and welcoming atmosphere is essential for local employment as well as sustaining our broader economy. In turn, this will ensure residents both near and far see Wood Green as place they want to live, shop, work and play.”
Paul Peters, Senior Contracts Manager for Veolia in Haringey said: “At Veolia, we strive not only towards an improved recycling rate but also towards a better, greener and safer future for all. We are proud to continue supporting our partner, Haringey Council, in improving the cleanliness of the borough and on their ambitious journey to achieve net-zero by 2041.”
This project is part of the councils wider initiative – Shaping Wood Green – which partially focuses on improving and developing areas in the borough, ensuring they are clean, safe and ‘make Wood Green a welcoming place.’