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Trial of bank fill sensors

The Salvation Army is undertak­ing trials of a monitoring technol­ogy on some of its donation banks. As one of the largest textile reuse and recycling operators in the UK, the charity has fitted 104 collec­tion banks in the East Midlands with FarSite’s netBin sensors to monitor fill levels.

It hopes the trial will allow its network of collectors to empty banks in the most efficient way possible, therefore reducing collection costs and the risk of overflowing banks.

The netBin system will give cru­cial insight into the filling patterns and general behaviour of donors. With this information, the charity aims to process donations with improved efficiency.

Brett Simpson, head of develop­ment for the Salvation Army Trad­ing Company, said: “The ability to get accurate fill levels on a timely basis could be a real step forward in the planning and emptying of our network of more than 6,000 clothing banks. This exciting trial with FarSite will help us learn just how big this step can be.”

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