Crushing blow for litter in the Dales!

Your District Council has installed 42 'Big Belly Bins' across the five towns of the Derbyshire Dales.

The compacting Big Belly Bins (BBBs) hold almost eight times as much as a standard bin thanks to a solar-powered crushing mechanism.

They feature a sealed hopper, meaning litter can’t blow out of the bin and animals can’t get in either.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"This is a clever invest-to-save initiative that will reduce the cost of emptying bins in Dales hot spots.

“In Matlock Bath, for example, our teams regularly empty bins two or three times a day during the summer season. So we've installed 16 of the BBBs on North and South Parade, replacing standard bins.

"The mini resort generates a lot of bulky but light litter such as fish and chip boxes, all of which can be crushed and compacted by the Big Belly Bins, meaning they won’t need emptying so often.

"Another feature of the bins is that they communicate with our teams through a wireless system to let us know when they are reaching capacity. This means we know when to empty and visit only when the bins are full, rather than having to check several times a day."

Bakewell town centre, which also generates high volumes of litter, has a new supply of Big Belly Bins, while a smaller number have been installed in Ashbourne, Matlock and Wirksworth to test the effect on emptying rates.

As with the District Council's current waste bins, the BBBs can be used to dispose of dog waste.

Clean & Green Team member Debbie Barke with one of the new bins in Bakewell

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