Smart bins to be installed in town centre

Published: 22 February 2018

A fleet of new smart bins are being installed in the town centre next week as part of the council’s aim to clean up the streets.

The new bins – known as Bigbelly Bins – compact any litter placed into them into easily collectable bricks and are solar powered.

More amazingly the bins ‘phone home’ when full – meaning street cleaners only need to empty them when they are full and can spend more time on other street cleaning operations.

And, because the waste is compacted, the bins don’t need emptying as often meaning even more time for other litter picking, sweeping and collections in hotspot areas.

Eighteen of the new bins are being installed throughout the High Street and outside the train and bus stations and like the current bins have separate sections for items which can be recycled.

Each of the bins has a pull down door which keeps the rubbish firmly inside – instead of it being blown out by the wind – but the door can also be foot pedal operated for ease of use.

The move is the first step in a campaign to improve the cleanliness of the town centre and across the borough which will also see community clean ups, increased litter collection, enforcement and public awareness campaigns.

Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure, said: “This is the first move in our campaign to make the town centre cleaner, safer and more vibrant for residents.

“We all know there are big plans for the shopping area, but while these are coming forward, we want to do all we can to ensure the centre of Slough is a pleasant and clean environment for people.

“Everyone knows it isn’t acceptable to drop litter on the floor but unfortunately some people don’t seem to care.

“We care and I hope others will join us in encouraging the use of these new bins and our upcoming campaigns to clean the streets of Slough.”

The new bins are due to be installed on Monday and Tuesday of next week (26/27 February).