Leeds makes smart move with smart bins

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Waste collection in the City of Leeds has just got smarter following the arrival of 17 Bigbelly smart stations.

Leeds City Council has integrated the stations into its waste collection strategy following a successful trial which began in 2014. The Bigbelly smart stations have been situated on Briggate, key locations throughout the city including the train station and the Leeds First Direct Arena.

The Bigbelly smart station, which has been referred to as the ‘world’s most hi-tech bin’, contains in-built solar powered compaction technology that increases the unit’s capacity from 606 litres to 800 litres when full. They also provide an ‘up-to-the-minute’ overview of the council’s collection route, communicating with collection operatives when the stations require emptying and helping to save the council the time and cost attributable to waste collection when they do not.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental protection and community safety at Leeds City Council, said: “We need to be sure that we have the right kit that’s going to help us offer the most effective street cleaning service. Now that we own a number of Bigbelly bins we can really get to grips with how these could fit into our operations in different circumstances. Our teams do a sterling job and we’ve got many active community groups, schools and organisations that are keen to make Leeds cleaner and greener. It would be interesting to see how much cleaner Leeds would be if everyone picked up and disposed of one piece of litter every day.”

There are currently 440 litterbins in the city centre alone that are emptied, on average, twice a day. The council said it will monitor the 17 units to determine if Bigbelly they can help to offer an even more efficient street cleaning service alongside supporting the #1pieceofrubbish campaign.

Mark Jenkins, sales director for the Egbert Taylor Group, which now includes Bigbelly within its stable of brands, added: “Local authorities’ budgets continue to be squeezed and as councils throughout the UK are having to be more creative with their resources, manufacturers are becoming more creative with their solutions. Through harnessing Bigbelly's technology, local authorities can now be smarter when it comes to waste collection by only emptying litterbins when they need to be emptied. This in turn reduces the number of waste collection vehicle movements, making streets cleaner and safer. Leeds is one of many UK cities that are now enjoying the benefits of harnessing our technology.”


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