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Bradford buys into Bigbelly technology

A six-month trial of Bigbelly ‘smart bins’ in the Bradford area has prompted the local authority to extend their use.

The trial, in which nine 606-litre solar-powered compacting units replaced 34 100-litre bins in Shipley, reduced the number of manual collections between November 2015 and April 2016 from a typical 15,300 to just 285.

Bigbelly’s use saved City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council a total of 750 man-hours previously spent on conventional manual collection.

Bradford has decided to extend use of the bins to 47 locations across Keighley, Bingley and the city centre. It is also looking to roll out a further 150 units.

Mark Jenkins, sales director at Bigbelly, said: “The council has access to a regular stream of realtime updates that can be used to inform and plan its approach to collection.

“In-built SIM cards alert the waste team at the council when the stations are 85 and 99% full, enabling collection operatives time to respond before they reach capacity.”

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