BIGBELLIES ON THE TRIANGLE (But watch out for your little ones)
Bigbellies have arrived on the Triangle in Crystal Palace – but we’re not talking of another restaurant or fast food cafe!
Bigbelly STREET BINS – described by a Croydon council spokeswoman as “super-capacity, solar-powered” are being rolled out across the borough following a successful trial in Croydon’s town centre.
And they have already attracted a wide range of comments on social media – humourous and otherwise.
Frances Hendry posted on Crystal Palace Local:
Exciting new bins along Westow Street. You can press the bottom with your foot and top opens. No more touching icky dirty bin. However if you are a small child and try this you get whacked on the head with the handle.
Lorna Cox: This post is a load of RUBBISH
Ben Shillito: This sounds amazing. Does anybody have a small child I can borrow to test it out? Preferably one with a sturdy head.
A Croydon council spokeswoman said: “There will now be 80 Bigbelly bins – which can hold eight times the amount of a standard street bin, thanks to a solar-powered compactor inside – installed in locations where they are most needed, such as district centres and stations.
“The compactors automatically press down the waste inside the bins – meaning that council contractors need to empty them less often and can use the time to do more litter picking and street cleaning.
“The Bigbelly bins – which are already used in a number of places around the country, including Nottingham, Bournemouth and Kingston – can last a month on just eight hours’ sunlight, and an inbuilt sensor even enables them to send an email alert when they need emptying.
“This sensor also gathers data that enables staff to plan where new bins may be needed, based on which are the most-used and least-used.”
Cllr Stuart Collins, Croydon’s cabinet member for clean, green Croydon, said: “The Bigbelly bins are fantastic and I’m delighted to see them on our streets.
“They’re highly visible, easy to use, environmentally friendly – and their super capacity means they need emptying less often, freeing up our contractors to spend more time cleaning the streets and litter-picking.
“One of the most important things people can do to help keep Croydon’s streets clean is to simply do the right thing and put their litter in the bin, where it belongs.
“We’re doing our bit by investing in street cleaning and upgrading our street bins to Bigbellys so that there are plenty of bins around to use in busy places, so please put them to good use.”
(Source: Croydon council press release)