Litter...you’ve been tango’d! New street cleaning machine now patrolling Northampton

A new street cleaning machine is operating in Northampton town centre
A new street cleaning machine is operating in Northampton town centre
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A new grot-busting ‘Tango Machine’ will be on the streets of Northampton from today, June 27 as part of ongoing efforts to improve the town centre environment.

The new suction sweeper machine will be used throughout the day, seven-days a week, to keep the town centre streets as clean as possible and will make a positive impact on the cleanliness of the town centre.

The team of three operators have been fully trained and will operate the machine, tackling rubbish hotspots and cleaning up food wrappers, empty cans and cigarette butts which are unfortunately dropped on the town centre streets.

Along with the borough council’s enforcement officers who provide a uniformed presence and tackle people who drop litter by issuing fixed penalty notices, this is another attempt at tackling littering in a more integrated way and ensuring that the town centre is clean, free from rubbish and is welcoming to visitors.

Councillor Alan Bottwood, cabinet member for the environment said: “I am delighted with this new piece of equipment, which will help keep the environment in the town centre clean and free from litter.

“The new machine with its team of operators, will work alongside the newly recruited Enforcement Officers to send out a strong message to people about zero tolerance towards litter dropping in the town centre. By using our resources intelligently, we can make sure officers are deployed in certain key areas, targeting littering hotspots and engaging with the community to enable them to take pride in where they live.”