New solar powered bins
New solar powered bins

A number of new solar powered litter bins have been installed in the town centre as part of a trial by Rotherham Council. These bins are known as ‘bigbelly bins’ as they can contain up to eight times more waste than a regular litter bin. The trial was approved by Labour councillors at a Cabinet meeting earlier this year to test this new bin technology. 

The trial of 15 new ‘bigbelly bins’ will last for 8 weeks and each contain a hydraulic ram – powered by the solar panel – to compact the waste inside the bin. By compacting the litter, this allows for more waste to be collected in the bin. They also use a tracking system to alert the Council’s street cleansing teams when they are full and need to be emptied.

Rotherham Labour’s Cllr Sarah Allen, Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities, has said:

“Bigbelly bins are a fantastic innovation that will help us reduce waste at the busiest location in the town, ensuring we have cleaner public spaces. This is part of our ongoing improvements to waste services and to encouraging recycling.”

Cllr Sarah Allen
Cllr Sarah Allen

The new bins have been placed in a number of town centre locations including All Saints Square, Minster Gardens, Effingham Street and Corporation Street. This trial also includes a bin installed in Parkgate and at Wath Recreation Ground.

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