In the coming week’s people in Bristol will be able to use more than 100 new high-tech ‘super bins’ as they are installed across the city.
Unlike traditional bins, the new bins can hold up to eight times as much waste, thanks to an inbuilt compaction system, increasing its capacity and reducing the need for collections.
When the bins do reach capacity, they will now send an email alert to Bristol Waste when they need emptying.
The introduction of the news bins, from manufacturer Bigbelly, is the result of funding from the council’s Clean Streets Campaign. Launched by Bristol mayor Marvin Rees in 2016, its aim is to make the city measurably cleaner by 2020.
Three of the new solar-powered have already been in action since May at College Green over, with further installations expected near the Harbourside, Broadmead, Park Street and the centre.
Tony Lawless, managing director at Bristol Waste, said: “In a time when budgets are shrinking, we need to think ‘smart’ about waste.
“We’re delighted that by integrating this smart and green technology in our Super Hungry Bins, and in our new, more sustainable fleet, we can not only make our budgets go further, but reduce our environmental impact on our city.”