Bins that are able to send electronic messages have been deployed in the seaside town of Boscombe, Dorset, with the possibility being rolled out across the UK
The bins, which are manufactured by Big Belly Solar UK, are able to hold up to 800 litres of rubbish, around eight times more than standard models found in most town and city centres.
Sensors that are fitted to the bins are able to determine when the bin needs emptying, and the respective local authority is subsequently alerted.
Some of the bins even have Wi-Fi access installed, meaning that members of the public can use the Internet for free when in close proximity to the bin.
Jane Kelly, Bournemouth Borough Council – “The new solar-powered bins will be a welcome addition to the area. Not only do they look great, they also hold more waste, meaning fewer refuse collections are required”
Cabinet member for partnerships and regeneration at Bournemouth Borough Council, Jane Kelly, said: “The new solar-powered bins will be a welcome addition to the area. Not only do they look great, they also hold more waste, meaning fewer refuse collections are required. We are working hard to make improvements to Boscombe, to help smarten up the area and make it a place that residents, businesses and visitors can be proud of.”
The bins have already been a success in Scotland, where trials took place at Edinburgh University and also Dundee University. The bins that were installed in Dundee received funding of £41,000 from Zero Waste Scotland to help tackle the problem of increased levels of litter on campus.
Director of Big Belly Solar UK, David Jackson, said that the money invested in the project at Dundee University was a strong indication of how the bins can make a big difference in a short period of time.
He said: “The trial results have been studied and this has prompted the University to invest in Big belly as a solution to control litter and reduce waste costs. With 10 bins installed at such a prestigious location, we can only hope that other Universities and Authorities will follow the example shown by Zero Waste Scotland.”