Smart bins tested in town centre

New solar powered ‘Bigbelly’ bins – which not only hold more waste, but
tell cleaning teams when they’re full – are being tested in St Helens town

A four week trial has seen five bins installed outside The Pound Bakery,
McDonalds, Halifax Bank, Marks and Spencer and in the Church Square seating area.

They temporarily replace 13 existing conventional bins – but have
five-times the capacity thanks to a built-in crusher.

The ‘smart’ bins will also alert the council via text message or email when
they’re nearly full so they only have to be emptied when necessary.

Speaking at the launch, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “The bins should allow our street cleaning team to work more efficiently because they will only have to empty those bins that need attending to.

“We’ll be looking closely at the results of the trial for evidence of real
cost benefits in terms of frequency of emptying and storage capacity.”