Bins will know when they are full

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

‘IN­TEL­LI­GENT’ lit­ter bins, which let the au­thor­i­ties know when they are full, could soon be ap­pear­ing at sites around Soli­hull.

The coun­cil hopes the wire­less tech­nol­ogy will save it money by en­sur­ing staff only visit bins when they need to be emp­tied.

If a pi­lot scheme is suc­cess­ful it could pave the way for some of the bor­ough’s 970 bins to be re­placed on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

Cllr Ken Hawkins (Con, Blythe) said a trial would be im­por­tant in as­sess­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of the tech­nol­ogy.

“It’s one of those things which on paper sounds bril­liant, but what works on a desk­top doesn’t al­ways work in prac­tice,” he said.

“If it’s go­ing to re­duce the num­ber of hours that we spend send­ing peo­ple out then that’s great, but we need to be able to prove the costs ben­e­fit.”

Of­fi­cers told coun­cil­lors they were con­tin­u­ing to look into the op­tions for mak­ing use of the “smart tech­nol­ogy” along­side waste con­trac­tor Amey.

The de­vices have al­ready been in­tro­duced in other parts of the UK, with an ini­tia­tive be­ing un­veiled in Glas­gow 12 months ago.

The coun­cil is also look­ing at step­ping up ac­tion taken against those who drop lit­ter with a new sys­tem for is­su­ing penal­ties.

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