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MEDIA RELEASE - Solar bin trial extends to Portland

20 December 2019

With an eye on the future, Glenelg Shire Council is extending its trial of solar powered self-compacting smart bins across various sites in Portland and surrounds.

Three new recycling and waste smart bins have been installed at busy recreational venues such as the Portland Foreshore (adjacent to the Yacht Club car park), the Bentinck Street Lawns and Cape Bridgewater (adjacent to the public toilets and kiosk).

The black rectangular bins are a continued rollout of the same successful solar technology used at the Fort O Hare camping ground in Dartmoor.

Glenelg Shire Director of Assets Robert Alexander said the new sites were deliberately chosen due to their popularity all year round with local residents, as well as visitors to the Glenelg Shire.

“Council is always keen to explore avenues to improve waste management around our beaches and parks, which boast some of the highest frequencies of visitation,” he said.

“As a community we are incredibly proud of our rich natural assets and no one likes to see piles of rubbish falling out of bins and it can be difficult to keep up with demand, particularly during periods of peak visitation.

“These new smart bins not only boast an increased volume for waste and recyclables disposal, they also provide live alerts to council to when bin levels are increasing, with alerts becoming more frequent as the bin reaches 100 per cent capacity.

“The technology also compacts waste periodically, reducing the amount of times the bins need to be emptied. This will result in a more responsive and improved waste collection service.

“Not only will this ensure our popular venues will be kept tidy throughout the busy summer season, it will provide a more cost effective service for ratepayers. Following the success of this trial, we will look to extend the technology to other popular recreational areas within the shire.”

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