Brighton’s Bigbelly bins to devour more waste

One hundred new hi-tech bins are to be spread out across the city, Brighton & Hove City Council have announced.

The ‘Bigbelly’ bins use solar power, even during low light, to compact any litter placed inside, meaning they can hold eight times the capacity of existing bins. The bins also use intelligent ‘cloud-based’ technology to send text/email messages to the council’s street cleansing teams when they are full and need emptying.

At present, staff are needed to check and empty the ordinary bins every day, some of which need emptying up to five times every 24 hours. However the Bigbelly’s compacting and message systems mean the new bins won’t need daily attention, which will allow the street cleansing teams to concentrate on other areas of the city.

The council will also carry out a ‘deep clean’ power wash of all the streets where the bins will be located, with the aim of removing chewing gum, dirt and grime.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee, said: “Bigbelly bins are a fantastic invention that will help us tackle recycling and waste at the busiest hotspots in the city.

“They will help reduce collections and therefore costs, free up staff to carry out other collections and ensure we have cleaner public spaces, which is a win-win for both the council and our residents.

“This is part of our ongoing improvements to refuse and recycling services that will benefit all our residents and visitors.”

The first set of bins will be installed at Brighton Mainline Rail Station, and on Queens Road and West Street. The bins will also be located at other busy pedestrian areas, such as:

  • Western Road to the Floral Clock at Palmeira Square
  • North Street and the Old Steine
  • Preston Street to Kings Road
  • Kings Road from West Street to Black Lion Street
  • St James’s Street
  • London Road

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