Due to the emergency situation, the cleaning works of Tallinn’s streets have started ahead of schedule. Furthermore, additional cleaning works have been added to the plan in order to help prevent the spread of dust and the virus.
According to Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf, bus shelters are also cleaned thoroughly. „We have ordered our partners to wash the benches of the bus shelters at least once a day. Tallinn's contractual partner JCDecaux, which owns some bus pavilions, has already done one cleaning round for all their pavilions. Cleaning the tram and bus stops managed by Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS and the Tallinn Transport Department will also continue,” said Klandorf.
Klandorf noted that the benches in Tallinn's parks are also cleaned using pressure washing. In addition, attention is paid to the collection of garbage in the parks. The Districts of Tallinn will also make further plans in regards of cleaning the streets of residential zones.
Cleaning works are performed on driveways, sidewalks, bicycle and footpaths, parking lots, etc. In order to carry out the works, it is important that it is possible to moisten the dirt that has accumulated in the gutters, and after collecting the dirt, it is possible to carry out street washing without fear of the freezing temperatures. Otherwise, cleaning will generate a lot of volatile dust.
As long as the use of studded tires continues, the urban space will be continuously littered with fine dust, which is why, despite the cleaning works, it is not possible to ensure a dust-free urban environment. Tallinn pleas on car owners who are currently at home to replace studded tires. Every year, 200-300 truckloads of debris from the use of studded tires on city streets are collected.
The cleaning works are planned to finish by the end of April. 40 machines are currently cleaning the roads of Tallinn, including 6 street sweepers, and 31 brigades of sweet cleaners (74 workers in total). As of last week, about 2000 tons of litter, dust and debris was collected from of the streets.