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New solar power litter bins to help clean up the borough

12:10 pm, Wednesday, 17th March 2021 - 2 months ago

Bins, waste and recycling

North East Lincolnshire Council is installing nine new solar powered litter bins in parks and other popular destinations across the borough.

Solar bins are designed to compress rubbish so they do not need to be emptied as often as standard bins. They can hold up to ten times more rubbish than a normal, non-compacting bin.

New solar bins arrive in the following locations in the next few weeks:

  • Cleethorpes Meridian Point
  • Grimsby Grand Thorold Park
  • Willows Estate Community Car Park
  • Ainslie Street Recreation Ground
  • Barrett’s Recreation Ground
  • Weelsby Woods
  • Louth Road Open Space
  • Bradley Woods Local Nature Reserve
  • Southern tip of Cleethorpes beach, near the entrance to Humberston Fitties
A solar power litter bin

North East Lincolnshire Council installed four solar bins in four parks in July 2019. They can be found in People’s Park, Cleethorpes Country Park, Weelsby Woods and Duke of York Gardens.

As well as the new solar bins, North East Lincolnshire Council is also replacing some of its standard litter bins in Cleethorpes with new recycling bins for plastic bottles, paper and cans.

They join Hammy the Haddock, the giant recycling bottle sculpture, and the planned recycling globe, in helping keep the resort clean.

New recycling bins will also be installed in other areas during the next few months to help people recycle more on the go.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment, said:

“Our four existing solar bins have proved very useful, and we want to build on their success by installing them in more areas.

“They generate wireless alerts when they need emptying. This saves on time for our staff and ultimately cuts the cost of collection.

“More and more people are recycling in North East Lincolnshire. We are fitting new, street recycling bins to help people recycle even more when they are out and about.

“We have hundreds of litter bins across North East Lincolnshire so there’s no excuse to drop litter on the streets, in the parks or on the beach. If a bin is full, find another or take your rubbish home.”

The Council won funding for seven of the solar bins from the national Resource Action Fund Litter Binfrastructure Grant Scheme. Two extra bins were funded by the Council.

WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, invited councils to bid for money to improve their ‘binfrastructure’ and target littering.

WRAP is a national body that works with government, local authorities, businesses and communities to improve recycling and reduce waste.

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