Solar powered bins malfunction & left overflowing: A glitch has caused “smart” bins’ failure to receive and manage waste properly in Dinnington, close to Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

It was stated that bins were left overflowing because of the tech malfunction.

The bins are made to emit a signal when packed full.

Every bin is equipped with a hydraulic ram, which is ran by the micro-solar panel to compact the waste inside.

The launching of solar-powered litter bins was dispersed in the town centre as a trial by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

The bins are intended to hold as much as eight times more waste compared to a regular litter bin.

Rotherham Council’s Acting Assistant Director of Community Safety and Street Scene, Sam Barstow, said the council had just brought in solar-powered bins throughout the borough to compact waste & to emit a signal when they are about full, letting staff focus on other cleaning work.

The signal can be switched to alert staff if the bins needed to be emptied more often, for instance on a busy high street.

Mr Barstow went on to say: “We have installed 110 solar litter bins in the borough over the last couple of years & there has only been 2 occasions where the system has failed.

“On this occasion, a takeaway pizza box had been wedged in the opening of the bin making it appear as though it was overflowing to passers by when it was only a quarter full.

“An error with the set up of the staff member’s device for this bin meant he didn’t receive its signal to warn them that the bin flap remained open & this resulted in waste being left around the bin for a short period of time.

“Given Dinnington High Street has a high number of takeaways & shops, we have also reset the signal to alert us when the bins are 70% full rather than 90%, to avoid any potential overflow.”

Solar powered bins malfunction & left overflowing

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