Big Belly Bins are go!
THURROCK Council has begun a pilot of self-compacting litter bins.
Around Thurrock, 10 Big Belly Bins have been installed as part of the council’s clean it, cut it, fill it initiative.
Big Belly Bins are solar powered, have a compaction system built into the bin, and are able to take litter and dog mess – like all public bins.
The bins will send an email to alert the environment team when emptying is required.
The areas included in the pilot were chosen because they are remote and difficult to access on a daily basis, or where bins are regularly used and sometimes overflow.
Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Aaron Watkins, attended the installation at Blackshots. Afterwards he said: “I am pleased we have begun this pilot of the Big Belly Bins.
“It continues the investment we have made in front-line environment services through clean it, cut it, fill it – such as new grass mowers and bin lorries.
“I am here in Blackshots as we have identified this as one of the areas most used by residents – therefore we have taken action to improve the area by installing one of the bins here.
“I am excited to see the results of the pilot and how this can feed into the Bin Review – which I announced a few weeks ago – it is the our aim to ensure we have cleaner streets and the right bins are available for residents to use in the right places.
“I encourage residents to use the bins in the areas they are being piloted.”
For more information on the clean it, cut it, fill it initiative please go to thurrock.gov.uk/cleancutfill