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Bigbelly Bins are cleaning up Thurrock
Thurrock Council's Bigbelly Bin pilot has begun with 10 bins installed around the area as part of the Kent authority's 'clean it, cut it, fill it' initiative. The bins are solar powered, have an inbuilt self-compaction system to create extra capacity and are able to take litter and dog mess - like all the council's public bins.
The areas included in the pilot were chosen because they are remote and difficult to access on a daily basis, or where bins are regularly used and sometimes overflow. When Bigbelly bins get full, they send the waste department a message, saying they need to be emptied!
This continued investment in environmental services follows the new ride-on grass mowers and bin lorries that were recently purchased.
"We want Thurrock to be a place that everyone is proud to call home," says the council, "so we're making an extra effort to clear litter from our streets.
"We've provided more street cleaners to help keep the borough litter-free. They are out with their barrows, sweeping and litter-picking, making sure all streets get cleaned every 10 days. In Grays Town Centre, street cleaners are working every weekday from 06:00 to 18:00."
Between April and October 2017, the council collected nearly 1,050 tonnes of rubbish - a weight equivalent to 150 African elephants.
Littering and dog fouling are being nipped in the bud with extra enforcement officers on patrol who can issue those breaking the law, with an £80 fixed penalty notice. More than 2,600 notices were issued between December 2016 and September 2017, although the more serious offenders are taken to court and fined up to £2,500.
16th November 2017