Making a clean sweep of uMhlanga festive season litter
12 December 2018 | Web Article Number: ME201813074
BLTWORLD has donated a Haaga manual walk-behind sweeper to the uMhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) as a contribution to help this organisation keep the popular coastal town clean ahead of the busy festive season.
“In appreciation of the UIP’s admirable work, we have donated a Haaga 477 sweeper, which is particularly suitable for use on surfaces greater than 2 000 m²,” said Ken Mouritzen, Managing Director, BLTWORLD, local distributors for German-engineered Haaga sweepers.
“Haaga walk-behind sweepers have been designed for easy operation and quick and efficient cleaning. These machines have comfortable, height-adjustable handles and are easy to push, because of the beltless drive design.
“Further advantages of these corrosion-resistant, low-maintenance sweepers are a lightweight construction for fatigue-free control and easy storage. No electricity is required to operate Haaga 477 machines, which makes them perfect for cleaning public open spaces,” Mouritzen said.
Coarse or fine waste – including sand, paper and beverage cans - is picked up easily and is not driven over or pushed in front of the sweeper. These machines also collect wet foliage, which is normally a difficult operation.
“These robust sweepers, with advanced turbo disc brush technology, have a fine dirt brush at the back of the unit for sweeping twice in one step, collecting even the finest debris. The intelligent airflow design ensures efficient dust control. The air containing dust is cleaned within the machine and returned to the sweeping cycle, which means that operators do not need to stand behind the machine in a cloud of dust, as is the case with other sweeping systems.”
A variable brush height adjustment mechanism ensures optimal cleaning performance on various types of surfaces and additional guide rollers enable easy sweeping along kerbs and walls. The dirt container is easily removed, emptied and returned.
According to Dewet Geldenhuys, precinct manager for the uMhlanga UIP, the cleaning team of 15 permanent staff has collected approximately 42 500 bags of litter in the area so far this year, with the festive season set to require heightened cleaning services.
“With crowds in uMhlanga for the busy holiday season, there is increased demand on our cleaning service, so the donation of this sweeper could not have come at a better time for us,” Geldenhuys said.
For UIP cleaner, Sanele Ngcanga, who has been working on the promenade since early 2016, this sweeper will significantly improve the daily task of keeping cleaning the promenade. “The machine has brushes on both sides, so we will be able to save time and the fact that it can pick up stones and sand is great too,” he said.
BLTWORLD’s Haaga walk-behind sweepers encompass entry level machines for domestic and commercial applications, to high power sweepers for use in large commercial and industrial areas. Haaga sweepers are used throughout the world by hotels, restaurants, maintenance departments, municipalities and recreational facilities, as well as cinemas and sports grounds.
These sweepers are available from BLTWORLD on a sales or rental basis and are supported by a full repair, parts and maintenance service throughout the country.