Novosibirsk municipal workers demonstrated new approaches to cleaning the streets and roads using Bionord shampoo and dedusting material. Both products are manufactured by Ural Plant of Deicing Materials.
Road Maintenance Department No.1 assures that these materials have significantly improved the quality of maintenance of the central streets of Novosibirsk in the summer season.
"Last year we carried out trials of dedusting materials. They have proven to be working well, and we decided to buy them in large quantities for the summer period," said Road Maintenance Department director Alexey Lykov.
For the current season, the organization purchased 530 cubic meters of Bionord Antidust and 3 thousand liters of concentrated Bionord Shampoo. Road maintenance specialists have calculated that this volume is sufficient until the end of the summer.
In Russian cities, dust is generated in natural and man-caused processes: industry, transport, and construction. Road dust mostly consists of exhaust fumes, worn-out elements of tyres, brake pads and sand from the roadway.
Heavy contamination of the roadway, such as oil stains, cannot be removed with water - a specialized detergent is required. Shampooed asphalt also tends to settle much less dust.
The Bionord Antidust agent binds fine dust particles into larger clusters, preventing them from rising into the air. This effect lasts up to seven days and works in rain and at low temperatures. At the same time, according to the Novosibirsk road maintenance specialists, the efficiency of cleaning by sweepers and road vacuum cleaners increases multi-fold.
Importantly, dust control products are safe for allergic people and the environment, which is confirmed by favorable conclusion of the state environmental expertise authority.
The Road Maintenance Department No.1 is currently in charge of more than 4 million square meters of city streets. Main streets in each district are treated every day; peripheral streets, with significantly fewer public transport routes, are maintained 3-4 times a week. 220 units of specialized equipment go out to clean the streets.
The specialists say that it is actually impossible to completely prevent generation of dust, but reducing its concentration in the urban air is quite realistic. The problem needs a comprehensive solution, which would include competent landscaping, improving road infrastructure and public spaces and, of course, cleaning and washing the streets in a timely manner.