North Lincolnshire Council will be installing Big Belly Solar Compactor Bins in Scunthorpe town centre over the next few months.
A demonstration to show how the unique bins work was held on Wednesday 18th January outside the Civic Centre on Ashby Road.
The Big Belly Solar compactor consists of a BP solar panel which powers a 12v battery, which in turns provides the power for an internal compactor. There are two volume sensors within the bin and when the rubbish reaches a certain level, the sensors trigger the compactor. Each BigBelly takes up roughly the same "footprint" of an ordinary street bin but because of its compaction capability it can hold a minimum of 606, increasing to 800 litres of waste, up to eight times more capacity than the average street bin used by most local authorities.
An additional Wireless Monitoring System option is also available which enables the BigBelly when it fills to 85% of it capacity, to send a text and/or email to the relevant division informing them that it’s ready for emptying.
There will be six solar powered bins installed in pedestrian areas of Scunthorpe town centre.
Some of the benefits of a Big Belly bin are:
• overflowing is eliminated
• the bin will send an email when it’s 85 per cent full
• it eliminates birds and vermin scattering rubbish across streets
• it only requires eight hours of daylight to run for one month
• it reduces street cleaning requirements
Kyron UK are the specialist distributors of the Big Belly Solar Compactor Street Bin in the UK. The bins are completely self-powered using a BP solar panel. Over 10,000 Big Belly bins have been installed worldwide.
Cllr Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said
“The recent Mary Portas review of the UKs high streets showed that councils should work more closely with retailers to make town centres more attractive places to shop. The standard street bins would usually have to be emptied everyday and at busy times they could be overflowing, but the Big Belly bins could only need emptying once a week. This is one of a number of initiatives that the council plans to do in the town centre over the coming months.”
Below is a short video of the demonstration;
If you can't view the above video here is a direct link to it on Youtube http://youtu.be/_Okkl8Xuqc4
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