Solar smart bins installed for NSW council

Elle Sharp and daughter Myra test out one of the new smart bins at Warners Bay foreshore

A NSW council has installed two of yStop’s solar-powered bins that internally crush rubbish to store five times the amount of waste as a regular bin.

Earlier today, Lake Macquarie Council, about 90 minutes north of Sydney, installed two of yStop’s smart bins along one of its most popular recreational areas, the Warners Bay foreshore.

The bins help prevent litter from overflowing and increase the amount of space for waste, meaning they’re environmentally friendly, safer and more hygienic than traditional options.

Compared to a standard bin that holds about 240 litres of waste, yStop’s Ray compacting bins can hold up to 1200 litres, or the equivalent filling more than six bathtubs.

yStop director Lex Luxford joined the council’s mayor Kay Fraser and waste strategy coordinator Hal Dobbins, along with keen onlookers, as the bins were installed today, 22 August 2022.

“Not only will this be able to store more waste with a smaller footprint, but having a strong sealed hatch as a lid ensures no items will blow out into the lake,” Mr Dobbins said.

“Smart sensors placed inside the bin alert the Council when the bin is around 80 per cent full, so crews will know when to empty it,” he continued.

“The bins also lock when they’re full, so there’s no chance of them overflowing.”

Lake Macquarie Council is the second council in the eastern states and the third in Australia – along with Perth’s Town of Mosman Park and Melbourne’s City of Casey – to install yStop’s bins.

Councils Australia-wide are invited to find out more about bins for their public spaces by contacting Len Luxford on 1300 236 242 or via email.

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