The job of keeping the towns of Carterton and Woodstock clean will be greener following the purchase of two new fully electric street sweepers by West Oxfordshire District Council.

The new Green Machine Ze500 sweepers are well suited to be used in the two towns’ residential areas where they will be used to clear road gutters and cleanse pavements as well as other pedestrianised areas.

Collectively they could save over 19,000 kg CO2 per annum - the equivalent of saving 70,000 miles being driven in an average petrol car.

Cllr Lidia Arciszewska, Executive Member for Environment at West Oxfordshire District council, said: ‘Transport, largely linked to the delivery of our waste and recycling services, street cleansing and grounds maintenance contracts, accounts for over 40% of council emissions so this is an area where there is huge potential to make significant gains in cutting our carbon footprint.

‘As part of addressing this we have already invested in a larger electric sweeper as well as three electric work vans and we will continue to work with Ubico to explore further opportunities to reduce our fleet emissions and to improve local air quality where we can.’

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