There are many types of smart bins, but the ones being used in Sutton will fall into two broad categories:
- Solar compactor bins - like the ones installed in Sutton High Street in summer 2019. These are high capacity bins that use solar panels to power an internal compaction system. They squash the litter enabling each bin to hold up to ten times more litter than a traditional bin. They are used in particularly high footfall areas where bins become full very quickly.
- Existing or new litter bins fitted with fill level sensors - a small wireless device is placed on the underside of the top of the bin. This device provides continuous monitoring and allows us to keep an eye on fill level, temperature, location and whether the bin is still upright! This data can be used to generate optimised emptying schedules