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LIVE AT CIWM - the latest news from the exhibition

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management is currently holding its annual exhibition in Torbay. Here is a round-up of some of the news from the event.

Europe's first solar powered waste compacting litter bin has been launched by 3r Environmental Technology.

Even in the UK's cloudy climate, the bin will work without an external power source. The company have said that it would be ideal for local authorities and public areas where large volumes of waste are created.

3r managing director Doug Lord said: "It compacts waste, which significantly cuts the number of collections required, delivering the added benefit of reduced transport costs as well as reducing transport costs as week as reducing the harmful CO2 emissions associated with vehicle movements."

Environcom has achieved ISO9001 accreditation to support its aim of delivering a high tech approach to the management of its business.

Sulo's Iceberg underground refuse collection scheme is to be used as part of a £20 million housing development in the East End of London.

They will be used in Abbotts Wharf in the Limehouse area in Docklands, which will comprise around 200 properties. The underground waste system is integral to the design of the development.

Following on from their Moo Cross Gate scheme at New Cross Gate in London, Taylor is to launch their Cowbin container for schools to develop recycling campaigns. The bins contain a Friesian pattern and in New Cross Gate helped a 61% recycled yield over three months at the site compared to the same time the year before.

Bin manufacturer Straight has revealed its new wheeled bin caddy. The 240 litre wheeled bin contains a multi-compartment recycling system.

This allows residents to separate waste without any effort.

Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council will roll out the new container to 30,000 homes in the second half of this year. It hopes to then extend it to 90,000 properties next year.

Avery Weigh-Tronix has debuted the UK's first waste compactor usage monitoring system for multiple businesses such as airports, shopping centres and office blocks. It weighs and records each user's waste disposal and can then charge businesses appropriately.

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