Along with the traditional street cleaners, many North Americans often see city workers riding on mobile vacuums. These machines make it easy for sidewalks to be cleaned, especially after events that generate a lot of garbage like music festivals, street parties, fairs and rush hour.

The vacuums are about twice the size of a golf cart, only solid and the driver sits up high. A large tube that arcs over the driver is connected to a sealed storage area and the driver aims the tube at garbage while driving. Refuse is then sucked into the vacuum and never seen again.