Futuristic high-tech bins installed in Shirley Park

Futuristic bins – able to alert the council when they’re full – have been installed in Shirley Park.

Cutting edge technology inside the containers sends electronic messages to let refuse teams know when they need to be emptied.

It is hoped that the “intelligent” devices will reduce the risk of rubbish overflowing at busy locations, which can prompt complaints from residents and create an eyesore.

The bins – which are powered by solar panels – are also fitted with a compactor, which it is claimed can massively increase the amount of waste that fits inside.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) has contacted the council to ask how many have been introduced and the total cost.

Cllr Karen Grinsell, deputy leader of the council and a Shirley East ward councillor, had high hopes for the technology.

“Because they can compact the rubbish they can hold ten times the litter,” she said.

“They look a little different and people are likely to notice them, [so] I think they will use them more.”

Solihull Council had confirmed last year that it would be looking to pilot the high-tech bins in the hopes they would make collections easier.

And in the past 12 months the devices have also appeared in parks and streets in a number of other local authorities, including Manchester, Rugby and North East Lincolnshire.

Cllr Grinsell said that Solihull would look at how the bins performed before a decision was taken on rolling them out more widely.

While they have a far higher price tag than more run-of-the-mill receptacles, the council had previously argued the technology could save on collection costs – since staff will only have to visit the bins when they know they need emptying.

At present there are almost 1,000 bins, of different shapes and sizes, dotted around the borough.

Later this month, the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) will also be reporting on the efforts of volunteers to keep public spaces, including Shirley Park, free of rubbish.

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