Scotland city centre streets have been riddled with cigarette ends since the smoking ban was introduced.
So council chiefs have brought in a new specialist vacuum cleaner to sweep fag ends up more effectively.
The ‘Green Machines’ cost around £12,000 each and are produced by Applied Sweepers, which has supplied the street vacuums to more than 30 countries worldwide.
Francis Galashan said his firm received a “noticeable increase” in orders from countries and cities shortly after they introduced smoking bans.
He added: ‘We’ve supplied the machines from Broadway to Buckingham Palace, where we have royal assent from the Queen to clean up outside the palace.’
‘In America they can be found from San Francisco to Times Square. We even had the voice of actor Tony Randall installed in one of our machines telling people to ‘Keep New York Tidy’.’
Environment leader Robert Aldridge said that there are no plans to introduce voices to Edinburgh machines yet, but suggested a few candidates.
He said: ‘I think the voice of James Bond would be particularly effective. These new machines and barrow beats will allow us to target litter hot-spots.’
‘Improvements will include a designated overnight street cleaning team in the city centre, the extra vacuum cleaning units and additional staff employed on ‘barrow beats’ in litter hot-spots.’
The city council allocates approximately £10 million per year for litter collection, litter bin emptying, street washing and other cleaning.
Councillor Aldridge added: ‘The most recent independent CIMS scores show that the city is still getting cleaner and cleaner but there will always be problem areas that we need to focus on.’
‘In the city centre there is a problem with cigarette litter.’