Hi-tech bins coming to Kingston as Conservatives deliver on another pledge

Big Belly Bins
Another pledge delivered with new hi-tech bins coming to Kingston

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

As part of the plans to keep Kingston clean, 79 bins across the South of the Borough will also be upgraded with litter sensors. Using smart ‘cloud based’ tracking software, the sensors will be able to send a message to the Council when the bin is more than 75% full reducing collections to only when necessary.

The installation of these hi-tech bins is another step forward in bringing an end to the years of neglect and failure of the previous Lib Dem administrations. Under the Lib Dems our streets were filled with rubbish and residents became dissatisfied with the state of the Borough. That is why we pledged to have a ‘Clean Sweep for the Borough’, with hi-tech bins as well as rolling out Borough wide enforcement officers for littering, dog fouling and a range of other environmental offences to ensure that our neighbourhoods always look the best they can.

KTG Doyle

Cllr Phil Doyle, Portfolio Holder for Resident Services at Kingston Council said:

These new hi-tech bins are a game changer for Kingston as we work to keep our streets clean and tidy. The new bins will help ensure that we have a more efficient bin service, allowing the Council’s street cleansing teams to spend more time maintaining the Borough’s clean and tidy streets.

 

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