Egbert Taylor Group has said Bigbelly bins are to be equipped with a foot pedal in the wake of criticism of “unhygienic” and overflowing bins.
A Daily Mail report claimed residents were complaining that the bins’ handles were often filthy and bins were not being emptied regularly enough.
There are around 1,500 Bigbelly bins in the UK, covering more than 50 local authorities. The bins use solar power to compact waste, which saves on transport costs.
Egbert Taylor, Bigbelly’s UK partner, said it was aware of concerns that the handles could be unhygienic.
A spokesperson said: “This feedback has led us to develop a foot pedal-operated unit, which means that Bigbelly units no longer need to be opened by hand.
“The foot pedal system not only addresses any hygiene-related issues users may have but also assists those with disabilities and children, who may not have been able to reach the handles easily.”
The company added that councils were responsible for monitoring when bins were ready to be emptied.
The company added that Rugby Borough Council had reduced the number of collections from more than 50,000 to just over 1,500 within a year by implementing Bigbelly bins.
Bigbelly was started by US entrepreneur Jim Poss in 2003. From hand-making prototypes, the business now supplies tens of thousands of bins to 47 countries around the world.