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51 “Big Belly” smart bins installed in Manchester

The £250,000 investment is part of the Manchester Tidy campaign

  • September 07, 2019 15:00
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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Source: Manchester City Council

The local government of Manchester has purchased and is currently installing 51 new “Big Belly” smart bins across the city. These new bins can contain 8 times more trash than traditional litter bins and thus will considerably boost the administration’s effort in keeping Manchester clean and tidy.

Not only are the bins more space efficient, but they are also high tech. Powered by solar energy, the bins will send a signal to city council’s street cleaning team when they are in need to be emptied. This will not only save time and resources for the municipality but will also prevent the bins from overflowing. A trial run held in 2018 resulted in a 90% reduction of time spent by staff on checking and emptying the smart bins compared to their traditional counterparts.

According to the executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, the £250,000 investment “will improve the cleanliness of our city centre and the efficiency of our waste collection service.”. He further stated that “We know that the vast majority of people can't stand litter and want to do their bit to help us become a Tidy City by 2020.  This is another big step forward in our bid to make littering unacceptable in Manchester."

According to the City Council the full installation of the bins should be finished in September at the latest.

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