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Vermin solution could be here

A newly launched range of kerbside products could hold the key to overcoming recently highlighted problems of vermin feeding off waste and recyclables.

Media reports have been quick to stress the issues, with the National Pest Technicians Association suggesting that a 40% rise in the UK rat population could be in part due to increasing alternate week collections.

However, through its Q range of 20 and 25 litre units, Ecosac believes it has the answer to making collections easier and more efficient for both local authorities and the general public.

Ecosac director Frazer Walker said: Vermin access to food waste collections has obviously had a very negative press recently, particularly in the Daily Mail.

While our new containers are vermin proof, they are also designed for ease of opening and securing the content. With householders deterred easily from anything that is too complex to use, this product should make recycling simple and easy.

As sole distributor in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the Italian-made Q range, Ecosac suggests that its first contract for 6,500 containers is imminent.

And while the product has only been available here since last month, Walker believes if implemented widely by local authorities, the benefits could reach further than just securing the food waste content.

He added: Because the click-lock system takes just four seconds to empty, we calculate that 20,000 households having 26 bin lifts a year will result in an annual saving of over 570 man hours.

Obviously for larger councils that use up to 75,000 containers, this would be even greater again and we believe the ease of use would also encourage greater participation from the general public.

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