Smarter Litter Bins for Hackbridge

Closed 30 Jun 2021

Opened 30 Oct 2020


Smart litter bin technology enables us to remotely monitor how full individual litter bins are. There are two types of smart bins being trialed in Sutton;

1. Fill level sensors fitted to existing and new bins - a small wireless device is placed on the underside of the top of the bin. This device provides continuous monitoring and allows us to keep an eye on fill level, and when emptying is required.

2. Compactor bins like the ones installed in Sutton High Street in summer 2019. These are high capacity bins that use solar panels to power an internal compaction system. They squash the litter enabling each bin to hold up to ten times more litter than a traditional bin. They are used in particularly high footfall areas where bins become full very quickly.

Knowing the fill-level of a litter bin without having to visit the specific location makes it easier to allocate resources effectively: No more scheduled trips to empty a bin only to find it was a wasted trip as the bin’s got hardly anything in it. Instead, efforts can be focused on emptying bins that we know for a fact are reaching their capacity.

A six-month trial of different types of smart bins will be commencing in November 2020. General information about smart bins in Sutton can be found here. Full details on the first planned trial, at Hackbridge, can be found here.

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Why your views matter

We are consulting to find out your views on smart bins and the planned trial, and will conduct another consultation once the trial has been established to compare views.



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