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August 29, 2012 12:00 ET

Cough Up For Better Sweeping Equipment: The Reward Is Cleaner Air

The American Lung Association Urges Communities to Control Air Pollution in Every Neighborhood, and Universal Site Services Responds With Regenerative Air Sweepers

MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2012) - State-of-the-art parking lot sweeping and street sweeping equipment is one of the answers to the problem of air pollution in local neighborhoods. Although everyone deserves clean air to breathe, most communities are bombarded with so many air contaminants that people with serious lung ailments often wear facemasks to try and filter out the worst of it.

Apparently the USA is paving more space than ever before, which contributes to reduced air quality. A study by researchers from Purdue University in 2005 calculated the number of parking spaces for 155,000 residents in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, covered an area bigger than 1,000 football fields. That's a lot of paving and a lot of air pollution, and the problem continues to grow.

The Pacific Southwest Research Station at the University of California, in 2010, confirmed a serious air quality problem in cities, citing tailpipe exhaust and evaporative emissions from parked cars as big contributors. It also pointed to coal-tar-based seal coat sprayed or painted on parking lots and driveways as another pollutant, which contributes to the higher concentrations of PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in the air and now found in household dust.

"We are certainly aware of the public's mounting concern with the quality of air in their neighborhoods and we are addressing those concerns with our system of parking lot sweeping and street sweeping," said Gina Vella, President, Universal Site Services. "We are proud to have been one of the inventors of the regenerative air sweeper, which is more environmentally friendly than any other sweeper, and it certainly helps control air pollution."

World Sweeper.com reported in December 2011 that sweepers using a regenerative air technology are more environmentally friendly than vacuum or mechanical broom sweepers. The reason is very easy to grasp: regenerative air sweepers employ a closed loop system that vacuums up debris, drops it into a container, and re-circulates (regenerates) the air internally which is then blasted into the sweeper head, opposite to the inlet tube.

"The amount of pollutant-laden exhaust is so much less than with other sweepers, municipal governments and parking lot managers are always enthusiastic about our use of this equipment on local roadways and parking lots," stated Mrs. Vella.

With increased focus on air pollution by the USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which estimates an annual 30,000 people dying and 1,000,000 more suffering serious lung damage because of pollutants attached to small-micron sized dust particles, we will probably see a lot more of these regenerative sweepers pressed into service.

About Universal Site Services

Universal Site Services is a full service property maintenance and site services company serving clients in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1958, Universal is one of the largest family-owned, full-service outdoor maintenance companies on the West Coast. Universal was one of the inventors of the regenerative air parking lot sweeper. Services include parking lot sweeping pressure washing, day porter, landscaping, property maintenance and graffiti removal. For more information about Universal, please visit www.universalsiteservices.com or call: 800-647-9337.

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