Croydon Council is trialling eight high-capacity solar-powered Bigbelly bins in the town centre that can hold up to eight times the capacity of standard street bins and let you know when they are full.
The added capacity is provided by an automatic solar-powered compactor inside the bin. The bins can operate for up to a month on eight hours sunlight and have an inbuilt function to send an e-mail alert when they need to be emptied.
A new set of guidelines on recycling is hoping to clear up once and for all what materials can and can’t be recycled at the kerbside in an attempt to remove the confusion holding back recycling the UK.
The resources industry has welcomed the publication of a plan to introduce more consistent recycling across England in an attempt to increase participation and decrease contamination of kerbside recycling services.
The possibility of one consistent recycling system being used in Scotland is edging closer after the Scottish Government announced that half of the country’s councils have signed up to the Scottish Household Recycling Charter.
The European glass manufacturers’ trade association has called for mandatory separate collection schemes in order to realise circular economy ambitions, but says that reuse targets are ‘counter-productive’.
The number of facilities reporting their figures under the Materials Facilities Regulations sampling requirements has reduced from a low baseline figure, while validation queries raised by regulators has also reduced.