BINS with a big appetite have taken up residence in Stratford’s Bancroft Gardens.
Stratford District Council has installed seven new high-tech “Big Belly” litter bins in the gardens.
The cutting-edge, solar-powered bins can hold up to eight times more rubbish than traditional bins and have been introduced – in partnership with the council’s contractors The Landscape Group – in a bid to save time, money and the environment.
The solar-powered cell enables the bin to compact the rubbish inside to make more room and also sends an automated email or text to the council’s street cleaning team when they are full and need emptying.
The council hope enabling the bins to hold more rubbish will improve the appearance of the area popular with townspeople and tourists alike.
District technical services spokesman Coun Mike Brain, said: “It’s great to see how technology can be used to support our services in this way and is a big step towards managing our waste more effectively.
“The bins are able to hold a lot more waste than the normal litter bins currently in place and importantly, they’re less time consuming to empty, which helps us use our resources efficiently on Bancroft Gardens and the Recreation Ground.”