‘Smart bin’ trial set to go ahead

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Businesses in St Helens are set to trial a new ‘smart bin’ which lets dustbin men know when its full.

Dubbed ‘Bigbelly’ bins and solar-powered, the ‘wheelie’ new technology also hold more waste.

A four week trial has seen five bins installed outside The Pound Bakery, McDonalds, Halifax Bank, Marks and Spencer and in the Church Square seating area.

They temporarily replace 13 existing conventional bins - but have five-times the capacity thanks to a built-in crusher.

The ‘smart’ bins will also alert the council via text message or email when they’re nearly full so they only have to be emptied when necessary.

Speaking at the launch, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green, Smart and Sustainable Borough, Cou Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “The bins should allow our street cleaning team to work more efficiently because they will only have to empty those bins that need attending to.

“We’ll be looking closely at the results of the trial for evidence of real cost benefits in terms of frequency of emptying and storage capacity.”