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Solar power crushes Cromer litter

PUBLISHED: 17:41 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:05 25 February 2016

Councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett with the ‘smart’ solar powered litter bin in Cromer.

Councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett with the ‘smart’ solar powered litter bin in Cromer.

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A revolutionary smart litter bin powered by solar energy is being trialled by North Norfolk District Council in Cromer.

The ‘smart’ solar powered litter bin crushes rubbish down to stop litter being blown around the town. The trial of the bin started on February 10 and runs through to Easter.

The ‘Clean Cube’ is a compactor litter bin near to No1 Fish and Chip Shop in Cromer. It’s larger than a normal litter bin and when the litter reaches a certain height it compacts the waste within by using a hydraulic ram.

Councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We are trialling this new bin to see how successful it could be in reducing the volume of waste so that our bins can be used for longer. I think it’s great that we’re putting smart technology to work to help protect the environment.”

The solar powered Clean Cube can hold up to eight times the amount of litter of a normal litter bin; and the solar panel uses daylight to charge the internal battery.

The ‘smart’ solar bin also tells the team how full it is and when it was last emptied. It is hoped that the trial, which took place over the half-term break will be a good test of what it can do.

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