If you venture out onto the roads or city centre streets in the early hours of the morning, then you are sure to come across road sweepers regularly. Road sweepers are used across the UK to clear urban areas of debris, dust, and dirt that collect on road surfaces and pavements.
The newest road sweepers release no dust behind the vehicle, offering a hygienic solution that protects workers’ and residents’ health. An electric street sweeper doubles down on the environmental benefits by emitting no exhaust fumes or carbon dioxide.
How They Work
Most road sweepers use spinning brushes to remove debris and cylindrical brushes or suction nozzles to collect waste, which is stored in the storage hopper. Suction nozzles are the preferred option when dust and contamination may be a concern.
Many models use water jets to reduce the quantity of dust that might otherwise be thrown into the air, lowering air quality and potentially causing health and breathing problems. Where hazardous materials or dust is to be removed, suction sweepers can compress the material using water or air.
Road sweepers can also be fitted with mulching fans to handle lightweight bottles and cans, compacting them to maximise storage capacity and reduce the number of emptying trips.