23nd January 2017: Over 50 giant refuse sacks of cigarette butts, chewing gum and other items of hard-to-reach litter have been collected by the BID funded Glutton machine since it arrived in Luton town centre two months ago.
The machine, purchased by the Luton Business Improvement District (BID) as part of its commitment to provide additional cleaning services to the town centre, was launched at the end of November 2016 and has since collected 12,500 litres of rubbish and been operated for 245 hours.
The machine, which has a lengthy vacuuming nozzle to clear hard-to-reach pavement cracks and kerbsides of litter, has been loaned to and is being operated by Luton Borough Council while the BID continues to fund the maintenance costs.
Gavin O’Brien, Chair of the Luton Business Improvement District (BID) and co-director of town centre based business Clearhead, explained: “Improving the town centre environment to ensure it is a welcoming and attractive place for visitors and workers is a major objective for the BID and providing additional cleaning services to compliment and improve the existing provision is a key objective.
“Our Glutton machine has enabled us to tackle the hard-to-reach corners, alleys and streets which were difficult to clean before. We are delighted that the machine has had such a positive impact.”
Investing in this street cleaning machine is part of the BID’s commitment to improving Luton town centre’s environment.
The BID is also funding nine targeted overnight deep cleans in prominent town centre locations in 2017. Bute Street and Guildford Street will be the next areas to receive deep cleans on 25th March.
The BID will also continue to hold tidy days that businesses are invited to get involved in. The first tidy day of the year will take place on 31st March.
For more information on Luton BID and its various events and initiatives throughout the town centre, please visit the BID website www.lutontowncentre.org or contact a member of the BID team by calling 01582 510657 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.