15th Nov, 2019

Smart solar-powered bins installed across Solihull borough

Sarah Mason 13th Aug, 2019 Updated: 13th Aug, 2019

SMART solar powered bins which alert Solihull Council when they are full have been installed across the borough.

The 11 bins can also store up to ten times more litter than a regular bin, according to the council.

They have been installed as part of a six month trial and use the sun’s energy to compact litter allowing them to hold far more rubbish than a conventional bin.

Sensors on the bins alert the council’s waste operatives when the are getting full allowing them to plan collection routes.

There are four new bins in Malvern Park, five bins in Shirley Park, and two bins on the town centre’s high street.

They have been loaned out by PEL Waste Reduction Equipment during the trial period and if they prove successful the council will consider whether to invest in making them permanent.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for environment and highways, said: “These solar powered bins deliver big benefits to residents, visitors and the Council.

“The increased capacity bins can help keep our open spaces clean, while the technology inside the bins can help save the Council money.

“The pilot will influence on-going improvements to our street cleansing services that will benefit all our residents and visitors.

“The fact that they are individually solar powered means that they are easy to install and can aid in our planning towards Solihull’s low carbon future.”

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