North Lanarkshire Council in Scotland will roll out Taylor’s dBin, a 1,100-litre container that claims to be 22dB quieter than standard glass recycling units.
The council trialled the units after residents complained about levels of noise. One of the new containers was placed at one of the council’s busy tower blocks in Motherwell, which typically houses a mixed glass bank, while three were situated at a community hall in a village.
Kenneth Wilson, head of environment and estates at the council, said: “We appreciate that glass recycling can be noisy, so we are interested in any innovative ways to reduce noise in our communities.
“These new bins will help us to achieve our environmental objectives for recycling and the needs of our residents.”
North Lanarkshire has purchased a further 40 dBins and plans to position them at pubs and other commercial sites near to residential areas. It is also considering retrofitting its existing container stock with the dBin technology.
Kevin Docherty, Taylor sales manager for Scotland, added: “Members of the public should not have to put up with glass noise and, with the dBin, they no longer have to.”