Sotkon UK has been appointed to supply underground bins for a 150-hectare development in Cambridge.
The bins will be installed at the North West Cambridge Development (NWCD) site, a project under constriction on land owned by the University of Cambridge. The complex will include residential housing, academic and research facilities and public amenities.
Sotkon UK, a subsidiary of Portugue group Sotkon, will install 450 underground bins across the site, making the development one of the largest underground bin sites in the UK.
NWCD said a more traditional waste management system would have involved the setting up of around 9,000 wheelie bins across the site, with weekly or fortnightly collections.
Gavin Heaphy, NWCD’s construction director said: “Building a sustainable development is imperative and the University has looked for innovative ways to deliver on this strategy. Communal underground bins across the site will encourage recycling without detracting from the streetscape.
“The contract with Sotkon UK to provide the underground bins is a unique method of waste collection which is designed to make life simple for residents, and importantly has been supported by the local authorities.”
Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council have developed a shared service collection agreement under which the City Council will empty and maintain the bins on behalf of both councils using a new and specially adapted collection vehicle.