Solar powered litter bins to be distributed across Grimsby and Cleethorpes

Solar powered litter bins to be distributed across Grimsby and Cleethorpes

North East Lincolnshire Council is installing nine new solar powered litter bins in several places across Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

The bins are set to arrive in the following locations in the next few weeks:

Grimsby Grant Thorold Park, Ainslie Street Recreation Ground, Barrett’s Recreation Ground, Weelsby Woods, Louth Road Open Space, Bradley Woods, Willows Estate Community Car Park, Cleethorpes Meridian Point and the southern point of Cleethorpes beach, near Humberston Fitties.

These will join the four solar powered bins that are currently in operation in People’s Park, Cleethorpes Country Park, Weelsby Woods and Duke of York Gardens since July 2019.

Solar powered bins are designed to compress rubbish, so they don’t need to be emptied as often as standard bins do. They can hold up to ten times more rubbish than a standard bin.

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

These will join Hammy the Haddock, the sculpture filled with plastic bottles, and the new planned recycling globe which was announced yesterday.

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 has been awarded funding for seven of the new solar powered bins from the national Resource Action Fund Litter Binfrastructure Grant Scheme. Two extra bins were funded by North East Lincolnshire Council.

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

The new solar bins are set to be established in the coming weeks.

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