The low emission, multi-functional sweepers allow street care teams to complete a range of tasks more efficiently, including jet washing pavements, sucking up litter, and cleaning under benches and around litter bins.

The sweepers can also be run on biofuel which can reduce emissions by up to 90%.

Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said: ‘We’re always looking at ways to be more efficient and how we can keep Bury cleaner, safer and greener for our communities.

‘We want our borough to be a place that everyone is proud of. The council’s street care teams do a great job, but they can’t be in all places at all times and the work they carry out costs more than £1.6m per year.

‘Let’s all take pride in our community so that together we can make a real difference and keep our borough clean.’ Providing new street sweepers is part of Bury Council’s three-year £10m full scale vehicle replacement programme.

In addition to the three sweepers a further 27 vehicles have also been replaced, including 19 waste collection vehicles, six minibuses, a 4x4 pick-up for grounds maintenance, six minibuses and the mayoral car which now runs mostly on electric.

In the next 12 months a further 56 council vehicles will be replaced ranging from more sweepers, gully wagons and tippers, to small vans and more waste collection vehicles.