With summer in full swing, local authorities are tackling the challenges of road sweeping during the warm and dry season. Paul Beddows, Sales Director at Dawsongroup emc, emphasises how the company’s electric fleet can contribute to maintaining cleanliness and safety in our towns and cities while minimising environmental impact.
With rising temperatures and a lack of rain, local authority road sweeping teams face a number of challenges when it comes to keeping our towns and cities clean.
From the scarcity of rain to mechanical weeding and outdoor events, local councils have their work cut out for them. In this article, we will outline the top three hurdles and provide tips for overcoming these challenges through smart asset management.
Challenge 1: Lack of Rain
One of the main difficulties during the summer road sweeping season is the absence of rainfall. With less wet weather, the natural cleansing of dust and debris from the streets is reduced. This becomes especially problematic in busy cities where constant movement of people and vehicles stirs up dust.
To gain the upper hand over dusty streets, local authorities require road sweepers equipped with effective dust suppression methods. These can include built-in high-pressure washers and multiple brushes that capture and contain dirt and debris in a spacious hopper.
Challenge 2: Mechanical Weeding Season
Summer is the time for mechanical weeding, where highway maintenance teams use specialised equipment to remove weeds from pavements and roadsides without resorting to chemicals. While this method is essential for road upkeep, it can create additional cleaning requirements.
As weeds are removed, they leave behind soil and debris on the roads. Promptly sweeping up this dirt is the most efficient response. When road sweeping teams follow mechanical weeders to collect any residual mess, it minimises the impact and ensures that public areas remain clean and safe.
Challenge 3: Increased Outdoor Activity
Summer is synonymous with outdoor public events, such as concerts, festivals, and sports fixtures. While these gatherings are a wonderful way to enjoy the season, they can also generate additional cleaning needs for road sweeping teams.
With more people and activity on the streets, there is an increased risk of littering and debris. To keep the roads clean, road sweeping teams must closely collaborate with event organisers to ensure the prompt removal of any waste.
Creating Breathing Space
Equipped with the right tools, summer road sweeping can effortlessly address the challenges outlined above. Moreover, it can have a positive impact on air quality by eliminating dust and pollen from road surfaces, preventing their circulation in the air.
All of this can be accomplished while embracing a green cleaning strategy that minimises environmental harm.
Our range of electric road sweepers can help keep towns and cities safe and clean, while maintaining low emissions. Our prestigious fleet includes the Lynx Charge compact sweeper and the Bucher MaxPowa V65e truck-mounted sweeper, both of which have impressive environmentally friendly credentials without compromising on performance.
The Lynx Charge features a 2m3 container capacity and unparalleled power. Built on the same platform as the diesel-powered Lynx, the Charge utilises a custom-designed battery pack and innovative systems to make the most of available energy.
The Bucher MaxPowa V65e is 100 per cent electric, offering a solution for zero-emission sweeping combined with longer on-station time, ease of use, and low operational costs.
Both eco-friendly sweepers are available for flexible contract hire through our Smarter Asset Strategy. This provides local authorities with various options, giving them access to the latest green street cleaning technology on a flexible and affordable basis, without the need for major financial investment. We also offer short-term options, with hire periods ranging from one to thirteen weeks.
Contact us today to discover how we can support your road sweeping activity this summer.