Hi-tech bins coming to Kingston as Conservatives deliver on another pledge
58 new hi-tech bins are set to be installed across Kingston helping the council save time and money so that our neighbourhoods look their best.
The news came, as the bins were approved at a meeting of the Council’s Residents Committee with unanimous support. The hi-tech bins will use solar compaction technology which increases the capacity for rubbish by up to eight times when compared to a conventional street bin. Solar powered sensors will also notify the Council’s Environmental services when they are full resulting in more efficient and cost effective refuse collection.
Trials across Kingston town centre in 2015 showed that the new bins and litter sensors resulted in a 93% reduction in the number of times the bins needed emptying. The current conventional bins placed in the town centre are emptied up to six times per day. The trials also illustrated the key benefits of introducing hi-tech bins which were:
- The prevention of overflowing litter bins (during working hours)
- A reduction of street clutter in busy pedestrian areas of the borough
- Diversion of manual street cleaning resource from litter bin emptying to street cleaning and litter picking in town centre areas