Road sweepers Published: Tuesday, 20th November 2018

You didn’t waste the opportunity to get involved in our recent name the road sweepers competition.

You didn’t waste the opportunity to get involved in our recent name the road sweepers competition.

We received more than 100 entries – and they were all clean.

A lot of your suggestions were music to our ears which made the final decisions tough – quite litter-ally. 

Among a host of suggestions were Clean Elizabeth, Basil Brush, Street Wise, George Brush, Dustin Bieber and Sweep Caroline.

We’ve picked two names that we think will bring a smile to the faces of residents as the two 10.5 tonne Johnston Sweepers travel across the borough cleaning our roads, pavements and ‘Backstreets’ - making sure they aren’t ‘Filthy’.

Marie Rowe came up with a name that was ‘Born in the USA’ – Bruce Springclean.

Phil Humphries, suggested Dustin Timberlake, which we thought was another winner.

The duo were officially unveiled on #OurDay, a 24-hour social media marathon which highlights the work of local public services.

Councillor Arooj Shah, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “We’d like to congratulate Phil and Marie for coming up with the names, which will hopefully make a few people smile.

“We treated the competition as a bit of fun, but there is also a serious side to it.

“We wanted to raise awareness about the work our Environmental Team do – cleaning up our borough because people continue to drop litter, costing taxpayers every year.

“If people did their bit and put their waste in a street bin, or took it home with them, then Oldham would be a lot cleaner and greener, and recycling rates would increase.”

Recently Oldham Council agreed to invest an extra £600,000 into street cleaning annually.

We’re also encouraging residents to work with us and show they ‘Love Where They Live’.

To find out more about how you can do #yourbit and get involved visit https://www.oldham.gov.uk/cleanstreets

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