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Smart solar-powered bins come to Kingston

58 hi-tech bins will be installed across Kingston following approval at Residents Committee on the 21 November.

The new bins use solar compaction technology which increases the capacity for rubbish by up to eight times, whilst solar powered sensors notify the council when they are full.  

A trial in 2015 in Kingston town centre showed that the new bins and litter sensors resulted in a 93% reduction in the number of times the bins needed emptying. Currently conventional litter bins are emptied up to six times per day.

As part of the plans, 79 bins across the South of the Borough will also be upgraded with litter sensors. The smart ‘cloud-based’ tracking system on the bins sends a message to the council’s street cleansing team when the bin is more than 75 per cent full.

Councillor Phil Doyle, portfolio holder for Resident Services at Kingston Council said:

“We are passionate about making sure Kingston continues to be a great place to live and visit.

“The new bins are a pioneering way to help reduce litter and street clutter in busy pedestrian areas. The council currently spends a total of £2 million a year on cleaning the borough’s streets and this new technology will help prevent overflowing bins and free up our street cleansing team to spend more time ensuring that our public spaces are kept clean.”