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Futuristic bin trailed in Yarmouth in bid to cut costs

A futuristic solar-powered, self-compacting litter bin has landed in Great Yarmouth’s Market Place as the borough council trials the new technology.

A futuristic solar-powered, self-compacting litter bin has landed in Great Yarmouth’s Market Place as the borough council trials the new technology.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

A futuristic solar-powered, self-compacting litter bin has landed in Great Yarmouth’s Market Place as the borough council trials the new technology.

The Clean Cube has a built-in sensor that records when rubbish reaches the fill level and automatically starts the waste compaction process. It communicates electronically with the depot to tell operatives when it is full, enabling bins to be emptied more efficiently.

According to the manufacturer, the technology means the bin can hold up to eight times more rubbish, preventing litter overflowing and reducing the frequency of trips to empty the bin, as well as the associated costs in fuel, staff time and carbon emissions.

The Market Place has been chosen because it is a high footfall location and the bins in this area require regular emptying, especially during the summer. The Clean Cube sample unit is on loan, free-of-charge, for the six-week trial.

Cllr Carl Smith, chair of the environment committee, said: “This trial supports the borough council’s commitment to reduce our impact on the environment and ensure the streets are consistently clean and well presented. We like to be innovative and try out new ways to provide services, especially when it is at no cost to the council.

“As well as the environmental and social benefits, the manufacturer claims this futuristic bin can significantly cut the operational costs associated with emptying standard bins, raising the prospect of achieving further savings to spend on public priorities. It will be fascinating to analyse the results.”

7 comments

  • Mr T - well spotted on Mathsman's own error. Love to see the bin with a tail.

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    Spooky

    Monday, August 1, 2016

  • Mathsman, the words, Pot, Kettle and Black come to mind after reading your comment.

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    Mr T

    Monday, August 1, 2016

  • I hav a laff evury day at Archunts spellin. lol.

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    Common Sense

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

  • Is this bin going to be tailed or TRIALLED? I hope it is the latter. Spell-check fails again!

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    Mathsman

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

  • Bet the new bin doesnt keep out flies. Only takes between 8-20 hours in warm weather from egg to maggot so lovely , writhing maggots in the bins, another joy for locals. If the tenancy of stalls pitches was conditional on keeping the area around them litter free and free of trodden in chips and peas and bread and grease it would be a start.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

  • You have to hand it to GYBC. They must take the prize for local authority fiddling while Rome burns. I walked past bins on the market place yesterday and they stank-really stomach churning. The last thing they need is to stand about with rubbish in them for longer before it is emptied. Get the nasty food stalls off the Market, limit the number of chip vendors and so that people use any one of the nice cafes in the vicinity. The " customers" lounging about, the stinking the place out and chucking their rubbish on the floor just serves to make Yarmouth even less appealing to locals and holiday makers. GYBC needs to address the root of the problem.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

  • This is a good idea, but has a flaw, it can't pick up the rubbish that people just drop on the ground. There's still going to be the need for the sweepers in the market place because of the ignorant people that just drop their chip cones, packets and other rubbish anywhere they feel like it. I hope the council, knowing the amount of footfall there is in the market, monitor how long it takes to fill the bin, one, two, three weeks or more, it will give them an idea of how many people don't use it.

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    Spooky

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

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