Council’s Bigbelly bins eat more waste

Published Tuesday, 19th February 2019
Council's Bigbelly bins eat more waste
Cabinet Member for for Cleaner, Greener Communities, Cllr Sarah Allen, with Rotherham Council colleagues, student Denver Milnes, and The Works manager Gareth Masters with one of the new belly bins.

Rotherham Council has installed a set of solar powered litter bins that can swallow up to eight times more waste than a normal litter bin.

The ‘Bigbelly bins’ are part of an eight-week trial and use the sun’s energy to compact litter placed inside them to devour more rubbish. Even in low light, the bin’s internal 12-volt battery is used to power a hydraulic ram to compact the waste.

The 15 hi-tech bins also use super-smart tracking systems to send a message to the Council’s street cleansing teams when they are full and need emptying.

The Bigbellies’ compacting and message systems will allow street cleansing teams to concentrate on other tasks, as well as reducing the number of bags used.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities, Cllr Sarah Allen, said: “Bigbelly bins are a fantastic invention that will help us reduce waste at the busiest location in the town, ensuring we have cleaner public spaces. This is part of our ongoing improvements to waste services and to encouraging recycling.”

In the town centre, 12 bins are located at Corporation Street, Riverside Precinct, Minster Gardens, Upper Millgate, Bridgegate, All Saints Square, and Effingham Street. There is also a further three bins outside Rotherham Town Hall, Rotherham Road at Parkgate and Wath Recreation Ground.

Student Denver Milnes, who currently attends Thomas Rotherham College and regularly visits the town centre said: “I love them! They’re so bright and they’re generating a lot of interest around town!”

Manager of The Works Gareth Masters added: “Rotherham is a lovely town centre and it’s great to see it being looked after in this way.”