Smart solar-powered bins to be installed in Merton parks this summer

Wimbledon Guardian: Councillor Stephen Alambritis with Councillor Judy Saunders with a smart bin. Councillor Stephen Alambritis with Councillor Judy Saunders with a smart bin.

Twenty-five new smart bins will be going into Merton parks this summer, the council has announced.

The new smart solar-powered bins have compactors inside them to compress rubbish, meaning that the bins will have a much greater capacity than standard litter bins.

When they are full, an electronic signal is sent to the council’s greenspaces litter team letting them know it is ready to be emptied.

Parks where the bins are to be deployed include Wimbledon Park, Dundonald Rec, John Innes Rec, Morden Park, Joseph Hood Rec, Figge’s Marsh, Lavender Park, Tamworth Rec and Ravensbury Park following a trial last summer.

Merton’s cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders said: "We are pleased to have more smart bins going into our green spaces following positive feedback from residents and the successful use of them in other parts of the borough.

"By investing in more bins it shows we are listening to our park users and it will help keep our parks clean by allowing our litter team to be more efficient with their collections.

"We are committed to keeping our borough litter free."

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7:37pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Tobermory says...

Great idea waste money on gadgets whilst laying off park keepers who used to actually keep the parks clean. The parks will only be litter free if people bother to put ALL their litter in these expensive 'toys'. Surely if these bins are only being emptied in response to a signal from the 'smart' bins then the rest of the park could be covered with litter for weeks on end? If the parks are still going to have the rest of the park checked on a regular basis then the 'smart' bins are a waste of money as the bin would have been emptied anyway.
Great idea waste money on gadgets whilst laying off park keepers who used to actually keep the parks clean. The parks will only be litter free if people bother to put ALL their litter in these expensive 'toys'. Surely if these bins are only being emptied in response to a signal from the 'smart' bins then the rest of the park could be covered with litter for weeks on end? If the parks are still going to have the rest of the park checked on a regular basis then the 'smart' bins are a waste of money as the bin would have been emptied anyway. Tobermory
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10:58am Wed 16 Jul 14

tjames says...

how much?

i was in south wimbledon yesterday near savacentre--rubbish everywhere streets filthy etc etc--later drove thry tooting junction--same there and same in mitcham.

either do the job or let contractors do it--lets have some accountability and competition
how much? i was in south wimbledon yesterday near savacentre--rubbish everywhere streets filthy etc etc--later drove thry tooting junction--same there and same in mitcham. either do the job or let contractors do it--lets have some accountability and competition tjames
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