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Sevenoaks gets new smart bins that alert you when they’re full

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Original article from Kent Live

Solar powered compactor bins that automatically alert you when they’re full are being trialled in Sevenoaks.

Sevenoaks District Council successfully secured a £25,000 grant from Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to pilot the smart bins back in March to improve its litter clearing service.

The council used the funding to purchase 50 wood-clad smart bins for rural locations across Sevenoaks.

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Councillor Margot McArthur, cabinet member for Cleaner & Greener said: “As a council we are always looking for innovative ways to improve the lives of residents and contribute to our Net Zero 2030 commitment.

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“We are trialling these new environmentally friendly, solar powered bins in Sevenoaks town centre over the next two months.

“If the trial is a success, we’ll look to roll these bins and their recycling equivalent out across the district.”

Solar-powered waste compactors have a sensor which reads a bin’s fill-level in real time, triggering an automatic compaction of the waste.

They can store four times more than a conventional bin and notify the council when they’re full, so street cleaners don't have to make as many journeys.

The smart bin pilot is part of a wider strategy from the council to reduce litter across the district – other measures include more education and enforcement and smart ways of working.

McArthur added: “We currently spend £1.4m a year, roughly 10 per cent of our annual budget on street cleaning but we are always looking for new and innovative ways to reduce littering and to clear it promptly.

“The overall aim of the wider strategy is to make littering unacceptable behaviour.

“Reducing litter is one of the largest areas of concern for us and we will continue to find new ways to achieve this.”

Sevenoaks isn’t the first local authority in Kent to test these new smart devices.

Folkestone and Hythe District Council forked out £83,000 for 12 electronic bins back in 2018.

Folkestone's £7k solar powered bin surrounded by litter

The bins were installed in rubbish hot spots near the seafront in an attempt to deter people from littering.

However a dog walker later snapped photos of one of the smart bins surrounded by litter.

Do you think the new smart bins will solve the rubbish issues in Sevenoaks? Let us know in the comments below.

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