A new ’green’ way of killing weeds with hot water rather than glyphosate has been ordered by the council.
The Multevo Hot Water Weed System uses boiling water rather than traditional herbicides to tackle weeds.
Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Many people have expressed concerns about the council using chemicals to tackle weeds, especially around schools and play areas, and want to see chemical-free alternatives used instead.
“I share their concerns, and have therefore ordered this new vehicle as part of our review into the use of herbicides and pesticides. It will enable us to keep the borough tidier in a much greener way.
“The machine can also be used to remove chewing gum and mosses and algae from surfaces so can also keep our town centres looking nicer.
“This is another part of Bury’s climate change commitment, alongside decarbonising council vehicles as much as possible and reducing energy use.”
The system is mounted on the back of a 4 X 4 vehicle which, when not spraying weeds, will be used to support the council’s winter maintenance teams. Being a 4×4, it will be more able to cover hard-to-reach areas.