Cities – Rented Sector Waste Management

Cities – Rented Sector Waste Management

A new ‘Guide to Improving Waste Management in the Domestic Rented Sector’ was released last Friday. CIWM Journal Online says the guide was commissioned “after research suggested that issues including excess waste, difficulty in containing waste, and high levels of recycling contamination from the rented sector contributed to poor street scene and represented a barrier to London reinvigorating recycling.“ With so many ‘actors’ sharing responsibility for household recycling and waste habits and performance (particularly in apartment blocks and HMOs), it’s a hugely complex topic. As Eunomia who developed the report put it, there is “no single ‘silver bullet’ intervention”. Instead they identify two broad areas of intervention – educate and encourage and enact and enforce – offering recommendations which include: incorporating waste management into landlord licensing processes using tenancy agreements to communicate responsibilities to tenants making targeted communications for landlords and tenants on responsibilities and how to use the waste services available These are sound ideas that may well help tackle the unique challenges London and all cities face. That said, there is simply no getting away from the fact that without the provision of adequate, accessible, all-user-friendly containers and waste systems, the issues of excess, containment/’leakage’ and contamination will persist. And as city populations continue to grow, so too will the size of the problems. Incentives to get smart – a missed opportunity? Practical solutions exist: Compacting bins – whether solar or mains powered, for waste or recycling, with fill-level sensors or without – were designed with high-density, high traffic sites in mind. The same is true of underground or semi-underground waste systems (UWS/SUWS), which is why all three are becoming more common place...
The Internet of Bins Just Got Smarter

The Internet of Bins Just Got Smarter

This article first appeared online in Building Specification magazine’s Street Furniture eBulletin on 28th October. Until now, so-called ‘smart bins’ have been intelligent, but you could say lacking in common sense. Clear benefits in some aspects have been diminished by disadvantages in others. ESE World’s Clean Cube, the most recent major addition to the company’s extensive portfolio of street furniture, changes that. The Clean Cube is designed to provide a truly intelligent waste management solution for high footfall areas. This clever compacting bin uses solar energy to power both a built-in sensor that detects when the bin is ‘full’, and at that point, the compaction device it triggers. Compaction not only increases capacity, it also prevents overflow, so improving the cleanliness of the immediate environment. Once at absolute capacity, the sensor also alerts the operator that its contents are ready for collection. The benefits of this smart waste solution from an operational perspective are many: The intuitive linked software means Clean Cube bins are easy to manage and maintain. Because Clean Cubes can hold up to eight times more rubbish or recyclables than their empty volume, fewer collections are necessary. Additionally, the alert that’s sent when capacity is reached reduces the need for manual checking and handling, and does away with costly and unnecessary collection trips. A helpful route planning tool makes route optimisation a reality, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Overall, waste collection costs are reduced by up to 85%. But what good are operational savings if they’re only achievable with an upfront outlay in costly specialist collection equipment? The Clean Cube Advantage This is where the Clean Cube...
Unique “Split Lid” for 4-wheeled containers

Unique “Split Lid” for 4-wheeled containers

Our product development team have been busy! This is the first of two pieces of news we’re able to share with you this month which reflect ESE World’s position as experts and leaders in the world of sustainable waste management services and solutions. Our 80 years’ experience and knowledge of markets and our customers’ needs really is second to none.  It’s that understanding, along with our commitment to both resource and product efficiency, which results in continuous enhancements to our product range. New ideas are always tested for feasibility with regard to products and processes. Concepts are drawn up, samples produced, computer simulations reconstruct product use scenarios… we think of everything!  So when a product is ready for release, we know it’ll deliver exactly what’s required, brilliantly, in full compliance with sustainability and environmental requirements. This week, at #IFAT2016 in Munich, we unveiled our new (and unique) SPLIT LID for the 1100 litre 4-wheel container. We’ve taken the lid-in-lid concept and re-engineered it to pretty much eradicate the risk of damage to lids and hinges which exists with all other products on the market. In practical use, the lids of 1100 litre containers frequently collide with the compression mechanism of collection vehicles. Residual waste in the hopper can also come into contact with lids. The consequence is often damage to lids and hinges. The Split Lid, with its flexible front element which can hinge in either direction, is at a significant advantage here: it simply gives way, in either direction! Fracture of the lid or damage to the body hinge is practically impossible. This video shows how. As well as reduced maintenance costs then, the risk of accidents due to damaged bins is also significantly reduced. Other benefits...
North Norfolk DC Trials Clean Cube Compacting Smart Bin

North Norfolk DC Trials Clean Cube Compacting Smart Bin

There was a nice piece in the Eastern Daily Press yesterday about our Clean Cube solar-powered, compacting “smart bin” including a lovely picture of Councillor Angie Fitch-Tillett in the unseasonal Cromer sunshine. The North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for the Environment reportedly 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 newspaper also touched on another of the environmental benefits of an enclosed litter bin, “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.” Read the article in full...
11 Ways Towards A Mindful MeRRRy Christmas

11 Ways Towards A Mindful MeRRRy Christmas

For the most part, Christmas in the UK is a secular affair all about spending time with family and friends – and money on things things we don’t want, apparently. Whilst research predicts that households are looking to spend around 3% less across the board than last year, we are still expecting to pay out just short of £800 per household on celebrating Christmas 2015. Estimated average spend figures break down as follows: – £159 on food and drink (8% less than last year) – £41 on cards and decorations (5% less than last year) – £596 on presents (1% less than last year) And yet, despite the trend for spending less, 12% of people surveyed said their “excessive Christmas spending will give them a financial hangover for 2016“. But hey, it’s Christmas. Surely it’s worth it? So we splurge a little, but we’re grateful, right? Well, according to an archived Daily Mirror piece on debt and Christmas, in 2011, at least 1 in 10 of the gifts we received was not what we really wanted. In monetary terms then, we managed to spend around £594million on unwanted Christmas gifts. Well done us! But it’s not just on presents that we’re literally throwing our money away. A 2014 survey by The Money Advice Service found that the average adult spends £28 on food and drink that will end up in the bin. Add that to the value of the unwanted gifts, and that’s a whopping £2.4 billion we’re spending on filling our bins! Thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War on Waste, rather than making us feel like tight bah-humbugs, if we spend less and...
Which came first – the waste or the (smart) bin?

Which came first – the waste or the (smart) bin?

ESE World UK Managing Director Dave Hughes writes: We’ve recently added a new product to our portfolio. We’ve dubbed it a smart bin, because it is – in so many ways: – It’s barely bigger than a regular wheelie bin, yet it takes up to 8 times the amount of litter. – It contains a regular wheelie bin, so it doesn’t require any special kit when it’s time to empty it. – It is fully enclosed in a smart steel box, so will never go walkabouts. – It knows when it needs emptying and will tell whoever is responsible for that itself. – It is powered by the sun. – It can provide a wifi hotspot. – It can make its owner money! We are well aware that it isn’t the first solar-powered compacting bin to appear on the market, but that’s part of its appeal. Working with eCube Labs, we’ve been able to improve on what was already available and have created the perfect solution for high-footfall areas where large volumes of rubbish need to be managed. Now naturally, we are biassed. We think the Clean Cube could transform not just built environments, but also waste management and, with it, organisations’ operating costs. We are genuinely proud of what we’ve created and excited by the impact we see it having. So I can’t deny that a comment I heard about smart bins recently, threw me for a moment. The conversation was relating to the state of public parks at the end of a sunny day. You can picture the scene; overflowing, open bins with picnic rubbish including food waste...