19th Feb, 2019

Solar powered and gull-proof - meet the new litter bins

Rob George 8th Aug, 2018

COUNCIL chiefs are trialling ten so-called ‘big belly’ litter bins on the city’s streets over the summer which are designed to hold more litter and keep out scavenging gulls.

The trial of the solar powered bins is the latest move in an on-going campaign to control the number of gulls in the city.

The birds are known to pull half-eaten food out of litter bins.

These new bins open using a handle or a foot pedal, and are self-closing once litter has been deposited – making it impossible for gulls to pull any waste out of them.

They can hold up to eight times more waste than standard bins. The sun’s rays charge a 12-volt battery in each bin, which in turn powers a compacting system so that more waste can be held.

This means council workers can spend less time emptying bins and more cleaning the streets. When the hi-tech bins do need emptying, they send out an alert message to council staff.

The bins are being trialed at ten locations in Worcester’s city centre, that have high levels of foot traffic and the potential for overflowing bins.

“These new bins could be what we need to reduce the problem of scavenging gulls and stop the unsightly and unhygienic issue of little bins over-flowing,” said Coun Joy Squires, chair of the Environment Committee at Worcester City Council.

“As a council, we’re keen to look at new and innovative ways of delivering services more effectively and efficiently – and this could be a great way of making our streets even cleaner,” she added.

The trial of the solar-powered ‘big belly’ bins will run until Friday, September 14.

Property Finder 24/7

Search for properties in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Car Finder 24/7

We've written reviews to help you find a car you'll love to drive.


Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.

Heart2Heart Dating

Looking for love? Start searching to find a new date on heart2heart dating.