FIFTY-four solar compacting bins have been installed around Cork city centre by Cork City Council following a successful trial last year.
Cork City Council secured funding for the solar compacting bins under the Litter Infrastructure Support Grant Scheme from the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Deirdre Forde joined some of the city’s 77-strong street cleansing crew and litter management officials on Wednesday, September 7 to officially launch the new ‘Future Street - BigBelly’ bins which can hold up to eight times more waste than the standard 120 litre street bins.
The Lord Mayor said she is delighted with the investment in the solar compacting bins:
“Keeping the city clean so it is attractive for residents, shoppers, tourists and business is one of the most important functions of Cork City Council. I’m delighted to see the investment in these solar compacting bins”.
"It’s not an easy job on wet and cold days and nights but they are always pleasant to the city’s workers, residents, and tourists.
"I’d like to call on the people of Cork to help them in their job by using the city’s bins or by putting in your rubbish in your pocket and bringing it home. Keeping a city clean begins with the people who use it,” she added.
Using a sensor, these state-of-the-art bins determine the amount of waste in a bin and compact the waste, when required, to provide more holding capacity. When they are ready to be emptied, they send an electronic message to council staff.
This new technology will mean fewer collections, lower collection costs, and fewer emissions. In addition, the fully enclosed design means they are bird and vermin-proof, can be operated using a foot pedal, and provide data on which streets generate the most binned litter.
The new bins were introduced following a trial of ten similar bins last year. Just eight hours of sun provides compacting power for one month.